San Antonio Spurs have drawn first blood in the Western Conference Finals, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies at home 105-83.
The Spurs got off to a quick start and shot the ball extremely well from beyond the arc. Nothing was seemingly working for the Grizzlies, as Zach Randolph was held scoreless until the fourth quarter.
However, Memphis managed to battle back and cut into the early 20-point deficit. Quincy Pondexter gave Memphis a huge lift off the bench, as the Grizzlies went on a 10-0 run in a 1:25 period. Memphis got within six points, but that was as close as they would get. While the Spurs were momentarily stunned, Gregg Popovich called a timeout and Manu Ginobili went to work and hit a couple of big shots.
Ultimately, the Grizzlies did a poor job defending the perimeter, as San Antonio got a bunch of open looks which they capitalized on. Spurs shot 14-29 from the 3-point line. Halfway through the fourth quarter, both head coaches sat their starters down as the game was already decided.
Randolph’s play was especially underwhelming for the Grizzlies, as he shot just 1-8 from the field, scoring two points. Tony Parker continued his dominant play with 20 points and 9 assists. Kawhi Leonard was also terrific, as he shot 4-5 from deep, good for 18 points.
Game 2 will be played Tuesday evening in San Antonio at 9 PM ET.
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