May 27, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker speaks at a press conference after game four of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. The Spurs won 93-86. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
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The nightmarish Western Conference Finals have ended for the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Spurs took control from the jump, and beat the Grizzlies by seven points on Monday night, 93-86. With the win, San Antonio secured their fifth NBA Finals appearance, first in the last six years.
San Antonio’s sharing and execution on offense let the Spurs rack up 23 assists on 39 field goals, thanks to their 51% field goal shooting, which pales in comparison to the 23% shooting from three. Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 37 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan added 15 points and eight rebounds for the silver and black.
Spurs Are Champs Out West As Parker Continues To Keep His Promise – 48 Minutes of Hell
Whenever he’s had the chance, Tim Duncan has made it a point to remind Tony Parker of the promise he made after last season’s bitter Western Conference Finals loss to the Thunder. Quite simply, the Spurs’ point guard has been given a single objective this year: get the Big Fundamental his fifth ring.
On Memorial Day of 2013, 14 years after Sean Elliott’s Miracle pushed his team closer to the franchise’s first title, Parker led the Spurs back to their fifth NBA Finals berth with a dominant season-high 37-point performance in a sweep-capping 93-86 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. It’s been six years since the streets of downtown San Antonio were in gridlock over a Western Conference championship, but that familiar feeling of June basketball is back in the Alamo City.
Spurs Celebrate Winning West Title – Project Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are the 2013 Western Conference Camps after sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies last night 93-86 and will now advance to the NBA Finals.
After the game, the Spurs hammed it up for the cameras and took lots of photos for fans to feel apart of the celebration.
Spurs Sweep Grizzlies, Advance To The NBA Finals – Pounding the Rock
What a series. The Spurs beat the Grizzlies in what has to be one of the lowest point differential sweeps in league history. It was just a battle with both teams displaying the type of physical play we were used to with the Spurs championship teams of yore.
It may seem as if the San Antonio Spurs are playing for an NBA title every year. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker know only too well how very long it’s been since their last chance.
Now they’re back in the Finals with their first chance at a championship since 2007, a really long time for a Spurs team that knows a thing or two — or three — about hoisting trophies.
Not so fast, LeBron. For all of King James’ brilliance, the Spurs’ sweep to the Western Conference title is a reminder that we are still living in the NBA’s “Duncan Dynasty.”
Originally, it appeared that this era lasted from 1999 through 2007, San Antonio’s four titles in the nine seasons stretching between Michael Jordan’s final championship and LeBron’s first trip to the NBA Finals, heralding an inevitable shift to the “LeBron Era.” But with the Spurs’ return to the Finals — not to mention Duncan’s superlative appearance, at age 37, on the All-NBA team — there is the chance that we short-changed the Duncan Dynasty by a half-decade or so.
Parker Proves He Is Best Point Guard In Playoffs – Bleacher Report
One-half of the 2013 NBA Finals has been set, as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies by a score of 93-86 Monday night to complete the series sweep. At the heart of the victory was point guard Tony Parker, who dominated from start to finish.
With the victory, Parker affirms his status as the NBA’s best postseason point guard—and it’s not even close.
Tony Parker, Spurs Sweep Grizzlies To Advance To Finals – Sports Illustrated
While Memphis didn’t roll over after two consecutive heartbreakers in overtime, they didn’t stand much chance, either. In firm control from the outset, San Antonio put the finishing touches on its second convincing sweep of the postseason, racing to the Finals with an impressive 12-2 record.