Memphis was outscored by 39 points in the 26 minutes its sixth man played. We didn't turn the ball over. Just trying not to make it easy for those guys. Fifteen - the number of wins they need to get to the Promised Land and hold up the National Basketball Association championship belt once again.
San Antonio did not take its first lead until there was 8:53 remaining in the second quarter, but raced to victory once it did. The Spurs dominated the opener 111-82 as Kawhi Leonard tossed in 32 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 and Tony Parker had 18. He's been aggressive every game. "We expect them to be even tighter with their defensive game plan, and be more physical and try to wear us out physically more than anything".
Memphis was without defensive lynchpin Tony Allen.
Leonard seized control in the third quarter, pumping in 15 points - the same amount as the entire Memphis team - before sitting out the fourth with the game already in hand.
"That has been addressed", guard Patty Mills said before Game 1 on Saturday at the AT&T Center. "We are on our home floor and we went down early, but we stayed in it".
The Spurs blew it open with a 19-0 run over the third and fourth quarters, shutting out Grizzlies guard Mike Conley in the second half.
Amid chants of "MVP!"
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Paul George led the way for IN with 29 points.
According to ESPN's Michael C. Wright, Allen suffered a right calf strain on Wednesday night. As a result, the Spurs have a postseason record of 14-4 against Memphis.
San Antonio looked as if it might be in trouble - for 10 minutes. Marc Gasol finished with 32 points for the night.
Meanwhile, feast your eyes on four separate plays of strong defense from Allen throughout the two matchups in which he and Leonard both played this season. The seven-footers have very similar play styles and are great competitors in their own rights. Ginobili has 309 3-pointers in his postseason career, third behind Ray Allen (385) and Reggie Miller (320) in league history.
San Antonio is probably going to play the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. "We need to be more consistent". "We don't really get the national attention, and we float under the radar for a long time". "I thought we got better as the game went on".
"I definitely like a challenge, and I like to go against the best", he said.
Westbrook became the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double by scoring an NBA-best 31.6 points a game, with 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.
But it's not quite time to throw out the 16-year veteran with the recycling. "I just want to win".