After beating the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83 on Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs try to take a commanding 2-0 series lead Tuesday night at home. Tony Parker scored 20 points and dished out nine assists for the Spurs, who received balanced scoring en route to the win.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Danny Green added 16 and Matt Bonner scored 12. Gary Neal had 11 more, and the Spurs were able to get the win despite just 6 points from Tim Duncan, who did pick up 10 rebounds.
As a team, the Spurs shot 53 percent from the field and an impressive 48 percent from three-point range. The Grizzlies shot just 43 percent from the field, but did hit 42 percent of their threes. None of their starters scored more than 15 points, though, as Quincy Pondexter lead the Grizzlies with 17 points off the bench.
The Grizzlies have some experience being in this position, though, having lost Game 1 in both of their first two playoff series. Both times they fought their way back in the series, beating the Clippers and Thunder en route to the Western Conference Finals. In fact, in the first round against he Clippers the Grizzlies fell behind 2-0 before rattling of four straight wins to advance. After falling in the opener to the Thunder, the Grizzlies again rattled off four straight to win the series and move on.
Meanwhile, the Spurs have experience being on the other side of a playoff series rally. Last year in the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs took a 2-0 series lead over the Thunder before losing four straight to be eliminated.
That’s not to say that a 2-0 series lead for the Spurs wouldn’t be huge, though, as they’re already the favorite after an impressive regular season. Even so, the Grizzlies don’t appear likely to pack it in if they struggle in Game 2, which should be hotly contested.
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