MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 26 (Ticker) --
With Tony Parker
and Robert Horry
connecting from the outside and Tim Duncan
inside, the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs made quick work
of playoff neophytes the Memphis Grizzlies.
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Parker and Horry each went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and Duncan
made 10-of-18 shots overall as the Spurs completed a
first-round sweep of the Grizzlies with a 110-97 triumph at The
Parker collected 29 points and 13 assists, Duncan scored 26
points and Horry added 14 off the bench for the Spurs, who await
the Los Angeles Lakers or Houston Rockets in the Western
"You're always relieved when this series is over," Duncan said.
"You really want this one out of the way. This is a great
series for us. ... We're happy it's over and we're happy we
"The sooner you end it, the sooner you can start to prepare for
the next one," Horry said.
scored 22 points and James Posey added 20 and 11
rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had never so much as had a
winning month in their nine-year history until January but
finished with 50 wins under Coach of the Year Hubie Brown.
But the Grizzlies dropped their final four regular-season games,
then were outclassed in their first playoff series by the
Spurs, who have won 15 consecutive games overall.
"Anytime that you go out 0-4 there is no joy," Brown said.
"(But) I can handle this because we went 0-4 to the Spurs.
They're an excellent organization. They have classy people on
their team - they're a team. You can understand why they're
world champions. We just got taken out by a team who is at the
height of their game."
In this one, Parker scored 14 points in the first quarter, which
ended with the Spurs ahead, 32-21.
"He set the tone for us on both ends of the court tonight,"
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Parker, who made 9-of-15
shots. "He played good defense, he kept up his aggressiveness
offensively. He was very consistent for us tonight and was
really key in getting the win."
"There were some things they didn't do very well and I just
tried to take advantage of it," Parker said. "I tried to create
for myself. I felt good from the 3-point shot, and I had to
just keep attacking."
The cushion was 57-45 at the break and 87-72 after three
quarters, and Memphis got no closer than nine points in the
"It's embarrassing," said Memphis forward Bonzi Wells
scored four points off the bench. "You never want to get swept,
but we won 50 games this year. This was a record-setting year,
we won't forget that. I just wish we could have played a little
better in the end, in the postseason."
The Spurs shot 63 percent (30-of-48) through three quarters and
59 percent (37-of-63) overall. San Antonio especially was sharp
from 3-point range, making 11-of-17 attempts.
"We made our shots," Popovich said. "We usually don't shoot that
well but we had players step up tonight and we had a good
series. It is tough to close out a team. If you get the
opportunity like we had tonight, if you get it done you are
doing a great job."