Another solid defensive effort by the San Antonio Spurs proved to be too much for the Memphis.
Same opponent, same result. The San Antonio Spurs took the win in a routine dismantling of the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. The game marked the second matchup between the Western Conference rivals in three days, and the series could not have better illustrated two franchises trending in completely opposite directions at this point in the season.
After a hot start to the season, the Grizzlies, still without All-Star point guard Mike Conley, have now lost 10 straight games and are struggling to find answers on the defensive end of the floor. The Spurs, meanwhile, are trending up. LaMarcus Aldridge looks better every game (except when his previous game was a 41 point season-defining performance), the presence of Tony Parker has re-energized the team, Kawhi Leonard is on the brink of a return, and the team is slowly shoring up their offensive inefficiencies while relying on a rock solid defensive identity.
Aldridge had another stellar first quarter performance, scoring nine points and sinking yet another three-pointer, but a slew of turnovers by both teams prevented either from building a sizable lead, resulting in a 24-18 first quarter score. In the second quarter, San Antonio built a 14 point lead after a flurry of three-pointers from Bryn Forbes, Kyle Anderson, and Manu Ginobili, and the Spurs took a 47-38 lead going into halftime. The Spurs never looked back. The third quarter was more of the same. Aldridge hit two more 3-pointers, and Rudy Gay and Ginobili provided a scoring boost off the bench to help San Antonio keep the lead, despite the Grizzlies cutting the deficit to 6 with 2:50 remaining in the third. By the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies had run out of gas, and San Antonio took the victory 95-80.
Aldridge led all scorers with 22 points on 7-17 shooting, while Gay and Ginobili added 18 and 11 points respectively. The Grizzlies struggled on offense; Marc Gasol led Memphis with 16 points, while Ben McLemore added 14 and Chandler Parsons added 12.
The Spurs will look to continue their winning streak Sunday against the Thunder. Tip-off is at 6:00 p.m. ET.