Game 3 was much closer than the first couple games, but the San Antonio Spurs still defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 96-87 to take a 3-0 series lead.
The 1st quarter was tight midway through. The Grizzlies decided to go small with their starting lineup, and it contributed to an 8-0 run early.
Matt Barnes was mismatched against LaMarcus Aldridge, but the Grizzlies were countering that by sending Tony Allen to double Aldridge whenever he got the ball in the low post.
More from Spurs News
- Spurs show remarkable poise against Bulls, unlike many fans
- Devin Vassell is the latest in the Spurs’ collection of silent assassins
- San Antonio Spurs: 5 Players to avoid in any LaMarcus Aldridge deal
- Is Gregg Popovich hiding Luka Samanic as a secret weapon?
- San Antonio Spurs News: More DeRozan trade talk from Chris Haynes
Manu Ginobili hit a buzzer-beating 3 pointer on a pass from a penetrating Patty Mills to put the Spurs up 26-18 after the 1st quarter. The Spurs ended the quarter on a 12-4 run.
The Spurs’ sharp shooting continued at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, but the Grizzlies fed off the energy of their home crowd and hung around with the Spurs. For over half the quarter, the Grizzlies carried out an 18-4 run.
Matt Barnes hit a buzzer beater as the 2nd quarter expired. The Spurs lead at halftime by a narrow score of 44-43.
The bench contributed solidly in the first half for Memphis, but they shot just 1-9 from 3 point range.
Neither team was able to pull away as the 3rd quarter began. Aldridge had to sit out the end of the quarter with foul trouble, making Spurs fans nervous in such a closely contested game. The Grizzlies were relying on inside presence to fuel their offense, and Aldridge’s exit was a blessing to them.
The Grizzlies were making sure to cash in on second chance opportunities and shoot their free throws efficiently. They took a 71-70 lead after the 3rd quarter as the Spurs trailed after a quarter for the first time all series.
San Antonio started to slightly pull away in the 4th, going on a 13-4 run. The Spurs grew the lead as the quarter ticked away, eventually winning 96-87.
Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Spurs with 32 points, and added 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 blocks. Randolph lead the Grizzlies with 20 points and added 11 rebounds.
The Spurs will go for the sweep in game 4 on Sunday, April 24 in Memphis.