Marc Gasol wasn't there to offer his usual rude greeting and neither was Tony Allen. The Warriors didn’t care and shouldn't care. Bullied for years every time they set foot in Memphis, they simply wanted to stand up for themselves.

They did that and more in a cathartic 108-82 triumph over the Grizzlies on Saturday night at the FedEx Forum.

The Warriors had lost 11 consecutive games to Memphis, leaving each time with bumps and bruises as souvenirs. No one on the roster had won in Memphis while wearing a Warriors jersey. This was about slaying a familiar dragon, even if it was limping, so it's absolutely significant.

"The Memphis Grizzlies were a team that we needed to beat,'' said David Lee, who bounced back from an awful game on Friday to deliver 23 points and 11 rebounds.

"I'd be lying if I said it didn't (have significance),'' coach Mark Jackson said. "It's been a long time coming. These new guys here, they don't know the history. People talk about the San Antonio (losing) streak and all of that – that's not our history. This is the one streak that's ours. We own it. And it's very refreshing and means a lot to come here and get a `W.' ''

Yes, Memphis was without two starters. But the Warriors also were limping a bit, missing forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Toney Douglas. And the entire team was stung by the blowout loss taken at Houston on Friday.