Spurs top Grizzlies, 104-95: Recap, highlights and more
By Ryan Kostrzewa
LaMarcus Aldridge‘s best performance in Silver and Black and another strong performance from Tony Parker gave the San Antonio Spurs the edge over Memphis.
On Wednesday night, the San Antonio Spurs played its 21st game of the 2017-18 season. This resulted in a stellar performance from the leading scorer and a bevy of players that stepped up, leading to a victory at the AT&T Center. So, let’s get into it:
LaMarcus Aldridge notched a season-high 41 points on 17-for-24 shooting to help the Spurs knock out the Grizzlies in San Antonio on Wednesday night. Tony Parker added 10 points and 5 assists in his second game back from injury, and Kyle Anderson added 10 points as the Silver and Black claimed their 14th win of the season. Tyreke Evans scored 22 for Memphis, but the Grizzlies were without Mike Conley due to heel and Achilles soreness. The Spurs, once again, were without Kawhi Leonard, who is still recovering from a quad tendon injury. There’s still no word on his return timetable.
Aldridge came out the gate firing on all cylinders and never let up, scoring 17 of the team’s first 19 points, including three 3-pointers, to give the Spurs an early 19-9 lead over the Grizzlies. Evans kept the Grizzlies in the game, but Memphis was never able to close the gap in the first half. Parker only played 18 minutes, but he got to the basket at will and set up his teammates in one of the Spurs’ most fluid offensive performances of the season. San Antonio took a 58-49 lead into halftime behind Aldridge’s 25 point first-half performance.
71% shooting for a season-high 41 … @aldridge_12 had himself a night! pic.twitter.com/VIUc1hrarI
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 30, 2017
The second half was more of the same. The Spurs dominated the Grizzlies on the offensive glass, grabbing 11 offensive rebounds, and Aldridge continued his rampage en route to his best performance as a Spur. A third-quarter rally by the Grizzlies closed the deficit to four points, but the Spurs kept their heads in the game and finished strong in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
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The Spurs will run it back against the Grizzlies, this time in Memphis, on Friday. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. CST.