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Warriors’ bench helps extend win streak with victory over Grizzlies

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Alfonzo McKinnie’s continues to his emergence as an impact player.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors overcame a lackluster first half, and rallied in the second to put the Memphis Grizzlies away 117-101 Monday night.

Klay Thompson lead the way with 27 points. Kevin Durant had an efficient 22 points off of 7-for-11 shooting while Stephen Curry struggled from the field, scoring 19 points shooting a very uncharacteristic 6-of-17 from the field.

The Dubs blitzed Memphis in the third quarter, outscoring them 34-15. Ironically, this was the first time this season that we’ve seen a typical Warriors’ third quarter. Here are more observations from the Warriors’ eight straight win.

Alfonzo McKinnie continues to amaze and impress

Once again, McKinnie is making the most out of his opportunity on this squad. With Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala out of the line up, Kerr turned to McKinnie to pick up the slack. In a season high 29 minutes, McKinnie scored 14 points off of 6-of-9 shooting. He also chipped in with three assist and two rebounds.

Although McKinnie had only two rebounds tonight, he still, brought that board hunting intensity. In one sequence, McKinnie almost ripped a rebound from Marc Gasol and caught him on the hand before hustling back on defense.

He also put the league on notice.

Fouls, Fouls and more fouls

The Warriors committed 25 fouls to Memphis’ 19 and the frontcourt — more specifically, the bigs — were responsible for most of those fouls.

Damian Jones picked up his fifth foul early in the third quarter. Jordan Bell picked up three of his four fouls in what seems like within a 10 second stretch in the third. Kevon Looney ended up with four fouls. What will help some of these bigs is learning how to defend by using their feet more than their hands. Also, they would improve by being patient and not being so eager to force a play. Case in point:

Turnovers still a problem

With an offense that relies on ball movement, the Warriors will commit their share of turnovers. Granted, the Warriors only had 11 for the game, but it still doesn't negate the fact that Memphis was able to make the game close for a half because of the points off of these turnovers.

The live ball turnovers in this game really hurt the Warriors because the Grizzlies capitalized off of those in fast break points. Just imagine if the Dubs had 16 turnovers or even 20? I’m willing to bet the Grizzlies would have either won the game or the Warriors would have barely escaped. They got away with committing these careless live ball turnovers here but they must fix this issue as they get deeper in the season or else the elite teams will make them pay.