Notebook: Spurs 105, Grizzlies 83



Posted May 19, 2013 7:46 PM

By Tim Price, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Tony Parker scored 20 points and had nine assists in 33 minutes to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 105-83 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday for a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Game 2 is Tuesday at AT&T Center.

Perhaps more significantly than Parker's game, Memphis' Zach Randolph had a career-low playoff performance by going 1-for-8 for two points in 28 minutes. He was averaging 19.7 points, 51-percent shooting and 14.7 shots per game in the playoffs. The Grizzlies, who also dropped Game 1 in the first round against the Clippers and the conference semis against Oklahoma City, had to reach to their bench for their most production. Quincy Pondexter hit five 3-pointers and ended the game with 17 points.

QUOTABLE: "It was just one of them nights. I've been double-teamed the whole season. A lot of my shots were off. I didn't get as good a look as I wanted to. It was just the rhythm of the game. I've got to be better, as I told my teammates. I've got to be better for them."

-- Zach Randolph

THE STAT: San Antonio outscored Memphis 42-15 from the 3-point line. The 14 field goals from 3-point distance is a Spurs franchise postseason record, and Memphis had been allowing opponents to hit an average of six 3-pointers per game in the playoffs.

TURNING POINT: The Grizzlies were behind by 17 midway through the third quarter but soon responded with 10 straight points. At one juncture, Pondexter nailed three-straight 3-pointers, and soon Memphis was down only 62-56 with 3:43 left in the quarter. But San Antonio immediately responded with an 11-1 run to end the third. It was a 16-point lead, and Memphis only got within 14 points after that.

QUOTABLE II: "Zach and Marc [Gasol] are a heck of a combination. Everything they do is real difficult to stick with, and you've got to have a mindset to do it on every down. I thought we did the best job we could do."

-- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich

HOT: With apologies to Pondexter (5-for-9 from the 3-point line), the Spurs outscored Memphis by 27 points from the 3-point line because Kawhi Leonard went 4-for-5, Matt Bonner 4-for-6 and Danny Green 3-for-6.

NOT: Randolph's 1-for-8 performance with two points is his worst career playoff performance while playing at least 10 minutes. He had "off" games when the Grizzlies defeated San Antonio in the first round two years ago, but nothing like this. His Game 4 performance two years ago (3-for-7, 11 points, nine rebounds) is the closest.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Parker was headed to a double-double before this game got out of hand and the benches were emptied with 5:14 to go and San Antonio ahead by 22. He's scored double figures in each playoff game this year (22.2 average) and has had at least eight assists in five of the games.

GOOD MOVE: The Spurs allowed Manu Ginobili to take over when the game got close and Memphis was down by six late in the third quarter. In the final 2:47 of the third, Ginobili hit a 3-pointer, drove the lane and drew a foul on Gasol. He then made a free throw, made dribble penetration and kicked a pass back out to Bonner for a 3 and scored on a driving layup when the Grizzlies inexplicably left the lane wide open with 13 seconds to go.

BAD MOVE: The Grizzlies fell into another Game 1 funk with lack of energy and execution that led to a 31-14 deficit after the first quarter. Just as bad, Memphis watched as San Antonio grabbed the first six rebounds of the game. The Spurs were outrebounded easily by Golden State in the conference semifinals, yet the Grizzlies didn't get a rebound until almost six minutes into the game.

ROOKIE WATCH: Tony Wroten got two minutes during garbage time for Memphis and missed his only shot of the game.

NOTABLE: Bonner hit a pair of 3-pointers during the Spurs' 31-14 first quarter, and that's as many as he hit during the entire six-game series against Golden State. ... Ed Davis played three minutes in Memphis' entire series with Oklahoma City, yet he played five minutes in the first half alongside Gasol after Randolph opened 0-for-3. ... Tracy McGrady, roundly applauded when he entered the game late for San Antonio, missed a pair of 3-pointers and has yet to score in four brief playoff appearances for the Spurs.

UP NEXT: Game 2, Tuesday @ San Antonio (9 p.m. ET); Game 3, Saturday @ Memphis (9 p.m. ET); Game 4, Monday @ Memphis (9 p.m. ET).