The San Antonio Spurs wasted no time in eliminating in the Memphis Grizzlies from the playoffs, completing the 4-0 sweep with a 116-95 victory.
The Grizzlies decided to use their small-ball starting lineup again after the success it brought them in game 3.
Each team shot the ball well in the opening quarter. The Spurs went on a 10-2 run to take a 25-19 lead at the end of the quarter. Part of the reason the Spurs were so successful this series was because of their ability to close quarters strongly.
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The game was delayed early in the 2nd quarter for 18 minutes due to a power outage at FedExForum.
The Grizzlies were to keep the game close heading out of the delay, and were provided with a spark on offense by Lance Stephenson coming off the bench. In Chris Andersen’s new role as a reserve for this series, he also gave the Grizzlies early bench production, mostly in the form of rebounding and his typical high energy antics.
Halftime arrived and the game was still extremely close. The Spurs clung to a 47-45 lead at the break.
The Spurs began to pull away in the 3rd quarter, thanks to strong play from Tony Parker. The Spurs extended the lead to double digits and continued to dominate the Grizzlies in terms of fast break points.
The Grizzlies opened the 3rd quarter with lackluster shooting, and disheartened their home crowd that hoped to see their team live to fight another day. The quarter ended with the Spurs up by 18, and as the Grizzlies’ players looked at the scoreboard and saw a 84-66 score, it must have started to sink in that their season was dwindling to an end.
The second unit of the Spurs was able to close out the game and officially send the team into the Western Conference Semifinals. The final score was a commanding 116-95.
Kawhi Leonard lead the Spurs with 21 points, while Stephenson paced the Grizzlies with 26 points. Andersen gave the Grizzlies 13 rebounds in the losing effort. LaMarcus Aldridge had a double-double for the Spurs with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Spurs will patiently await the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder/Dallas Mavericks series, while the Grizzlies turn their attention to pressing offseason questions, such as whether to re-sign impending free agent Mike Conley.