The San Antonio Spurs showed their dominance in Game 1 of the Western Conference first round with a win against the Memphis Grizzlies, 106-74, on Sunday.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 20 points, four steals and three blocks and an additional 17 points came from LaMarcus Aldridge. Spurs veteran guard Tony Parker also contributed 15 points and six assists to take advantage of the Grizzlies, who were missing two starters.
The Spurs were having a hard time on the offensive end early in the first quarter only shooting 35 percent from the field but still managed to do better on the defensive end limiting the Grizzlies to a 23 percent shooting.
Vince Carter helped the Grizzlies on offense, scoring 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and Lance Stephenson scored 14 points off the bench. Carter and Stephenson were the only players who scored double-digits for the Grizzlies.
Without stars Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, the Memphis Grizzlies were simply not enought for the experienced San Antonio Spurs. Other Grizzlies tried to fill the space left by the two injured stars with Chris Andersen and Jordan Farmar but that wasn’t to come in this opening game of the best-of-seven series.
In the final quarter of the game, Gregg Popovich grabbed the chance of resting his starters since their lead against the Grizzlies was enough to conclude the outcome of the game.
Tony Parker moved to fifth all-time in the playoff assist list where he moved past Larry Bird and Steve Nash. Parker is now in the top five along with Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Jason Kidd and Lebron James.
Here are some of the highlights during game 1 of the Western Conference first round between the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies:
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