Spurs Dominate Grizzlies 116-95, Sweeping Their Way Into Semis

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sporting Alert – San Antonio Spurs became the first team to advance from the first-round after sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday (24).

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Kawhi Leonard stars for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sporting Alert – San Antonio Spurs became the first team to advance from the first-round after sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday (24). Box Score

The 116-95 victory on the day handed the Spurs an early passage into the Western Conference semifinals, with the players also giving themselves a nice little break while they wait on their other opponent.

It was the third time San Antonio was cleaning house against the Grizzlies, after it swept Memphis in the 2004 first round and the 2013 Western Conference finals.

Kawhi Leonard was the chief contributor for San Antonio (4-0) with 21 points, on 6-for-10 shooting to go with seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks, with Tony Parker adding 16 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while David West chipped in with 11 points, four rebounds and three steals in the win.

Lance Stephenson scored a game-high 26 points off the bench on 11-for-19 shooting to lead Memphis, with Tony Allern and Zach Randolph and Matt Barnes each scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds apiece.

Vince Carter made all four of his 3-point attempts and went 4-for-7 from the field overall to finish with 14 points.

Parker and Aldridge both shot 6-for-11 from the floor with San Antonio taking 80 shots and connecting on 40 as a team.

The Western Conference No. 2 seeded team made 10 3-pointers on Sunday and shot 45.5 percent from long-range.

Chris Andersen pulled down 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies (0-4) in the defeat.

As a team, Memphis shot 44.9 percent from the floor.

The game was delayed for about 20 minutes in the second quarter because of a power surge.

San Antonio will play the winner of the clash between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks.

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