NBA Game Summary - Memphis at San Antonio|
(Sunday, April 6th)
Final Score: San Antonio 112, Memphis 92
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kawhi Leonard shot 12-of-13 from the
field and matched a career-high with 26 points as the San Antonio Spurs routed
the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-92, on Sunday.
Manu Ginobili also scored 26 points for the Spurs, who had their 19-game
winning streak snapped last time out with a loss in Oklahoma City. Tim Duncan
donated 13 points in the triumph.
San Antonio's magic number to clinch the best record in the NBA is down to
Tony Parker left early in the first quarter with back spasms.
"They're going to MRI his back tomorrow," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich
James Johnson netted 20 points off the bench and Mike Conley finished with 18
points and six assists for Memphis, losers in four of their last six.
The Grizzlies fell into ninth place in the Western Conference standings, a
full game behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot. The Suns took down the
Thunder on Sunday.
"We've had to work very hard to get back to where we are right now, to even be
in this position," Conley said. "You're going to hit that wall here and there.
We have to fight through it just like every other team."
San Antonio's defense was the story in the first quarter, as the reigning
Western Conference champs held the Grizzlies to just 10 points on 5-of-22
shooting. Tony Parker, who played just nine minutes before leaving with back
spasms, matched the visitors with 10 by himself on 4-of-4 shooting from the
floor. The Spurs led 26-10 after one.
The Grizzlies got as close as six late in the second, but Ginobili countered
with a 3-pointer and Cory Joseph's jumper restored a double-digit margin. It
was 51-38 as the seconds trickled down, and Leonard stepped into a 3-ball and
beat the buzzer for a 16-point halftime advantage.
Any hopes of a Memphis comeback went away early in the third quarter, as all
five of the Spurs' second-half starters scored during a 17-9 spurt that
spanned just over four minutes.
The lead never dipped back into single digits the rest of the way.
The Spurs shot 17-of-18 from the foul line ... San Antonio outrebounded
Memphis, 40-37, while the Grizzlies grabbed 13 offensive boards compared to
six for the Spurs.
04/07 00:14:15 ET