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NBA: Spurs rout Grizzlies 105-83 in West finals opener

Published May 19, 2013 7:18 pm

NBA • San Antonio smothers Memphis, leads West finals.
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San Antonio • Tony Parker posted 20 points and nine assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, and the San Antonio Spurs struck first in the Western Conference finals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83 on Sunday.

The Spurs avoided a repeat of their Game 1 loss when the teams met two years ago in the first round. The Grizzlies went on to knock San Antonio out of the playoffs as the top seed that time.

San Antonio raced out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter, then came up with a response when Memphis rallied to get within six in the second half. Both teams pulled their starters with over 5 minutes left and the Spurs leading by 21.

Quincy Pondexter led Memphis with 17 points. Grizzlies All-Star Zach Randolph missed his first seven shots and scored his only points on a tip-in with 9:26 left in the game.

The NBA's stingiest defense wasn't up to its usual standards, allowing the Spurs to hit 53 percent of their shots and a franchise postseason-record 14 3-pointers while Randolph struggled. Randolph was a non-factor after going for a playoff-best 28 points and 14 rebounds as Memphis eliminated defending West champ Oklahoma City in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

The Grizzlies started to rally as soon as Randolph came out of the game for the first time in the second half.

Pondexter made a baseline cut for a layup off Darrell Arthur's pass, then hit back-to-back 3-pointers during a 10-0 burst. Jerryd Bayless' two-handed, fast-break dunk off a steal got the Grizzlies within 62-56 with 3:43 left in the third quarter.

The comeback was short-lived, though.

Bayless missed a 3-pointer on the next trip, and Manu Ginobili was able to make one at the opposite end to spark an 11-1 response that immediately restored the Spurs' lead to 16 by end of the quarter. Leonard hit a pair of 3-pointers and Gary Neal had one as San Antonio kept pouring it on in the fourth.

The four regular-season meetings were all won by the team with more points in the paint, but perimeter shooting proved to be a bigger factor in the playoff opener. Memphis, which was second in the NBA by holding opponents to 33.8 shooting on 3-pointers, let San Antonio make 13 of its first 24 from behind the arc and finish 14 of 29.

The Spurs asserted themselves early, scoring on their first seven possessions and also getting a couple head-to-head defensive stops from their veterans while claiming a quick 23-8 lead. Parker swiped the ball from Mike Conley on Memphis' second possession, running out for a layup, and Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins burned a timeout in the first 2 minutes. —

Spurs 105, Grizzlies 83

FG FT Reb

Memphis Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Prince 28:51 2-5 2-4 1-1 2 0 6

Rndolph 28:05 1-8 0-0 3-7 0 2 2

Gasol 34:14 7-16 1-2 1-7 2 3 15

Conley 31:32 5-12 4-6 0-4 8 2 14

Allen 25:21 3-3 2-2 1-4 1 2 8

Bayless 20:36 3-7 2-2 0-4 5 2 8

Arthur 12:08 1-2 0-0 1-3 2 2 2

Pndexter 29:12 6-11 0-0 0-1 0 2 17

Dooling 3:13 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Davis 10:33 1-3 3-4 2-2 0 2 5

Wroten 2:12 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Daye 8:49 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 0 4

Leuer 5:14 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2

Totals 240:00 32-74 14-20 10-35 20 17 83

Percentages: FG .432, FT .700. 3-Point Goals: 5-12, .417 (Pondexter 5-9, Daye 0-1, Bayless 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 12 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Gasol 2, Arthur, Bayless, Davis, Randolph). Turnovers: 12 (Conley 4, Allen 2, Arthur 2, Pondexter 2, Daye, Randolph). Steals: 6 (Bayless, Conley, Dooling, Gasol, Leuer, Prince). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

S.A. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Leonard 29:56 7-10 0-0 0-2 1 0 18

Duncan 27:25 3-9 0-0 2-10 4 1 6

Splitter 16:44 0-1 1-2 0-0 2 4 1

Parker 32:52 9-14 2-2 0-1 9 2 20

Green 25:51 6-9 1-1 1-4 3 2 16

Diaw 21:04 0-2 2-2 1-1 2 3 2

Ginobili 21:06 2-6 3-5 1-5 3 2 8

Neal 18:58 5-8 0-0 0-1 1 0 11

Joseph 11:55 1-5 0-0 1-3 0 0 2

Bonner 16:55 4-7 0-0 0-2 1 1 12

Blair 5:15 2-2 2-2 1-2 1 2 6

McGrady 6:45 0-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 0

Mills 5:14 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 3

Totals 240:00 40-76 11-14 7-33 28 18 105

Percentages: FG .526, FT .786. 3-Point Goals: 14-29, .483 (Leonard 4-5, Bonner 4-6, Green 3-6, Mills 1-1, Ginobili 1-3, Neal 1-4, Diaw 0-1, Joseph 0-1, McGrady 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 11 (14 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Duncan 2, Ginobili, Leonard). Turnovers: 11 (Parker 3, Duncan 2, Ginobili, Green, Leonard, McGrady, Neal, Splitter). Steals: 5 (Leonard 2, Parker 2, Ginobili). Technical Fouls: None.

Memphis 14 23 20 26 — 83

San Antonio 31 20 22 32 — 105

Attendance • 18,581

Time • 2:23.

Officials • Dan Crawford, James Capers, Marc Davis. —

Western Conference finals

San Antonio 1, Memphis 0

Sunday • San Antonio 105, Memphis 83

Tuesday • Memphis at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

Saturday • San Antonio at Memphis, 7 p.m.

Monday, May 27 • San Antonio at Memphis,7 p.m.

x-Wednesday, May 29 • Memphis at San Antonio, 7 p.m.

x-Friday, May 31 • San Antonio at Memphis,7 p.m.

x-Sunday, June 2 • Memphis at San Antonio,7 p.m.

x-if necessary

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