SAN ANTONIO, Sporting Alert – The San Antonio Spurs took a 2-0 lead in their playoff series with the Memphis Grizzlies and they did it very comfortably at AT&T Center.
After beating the short-handed Grizzlies 104-74 in the first game, the Western Conference powerhouses put away Memphis 94-68 in Game 2 on Tuesday night, despite the starters scoring just 38 points combined.
Reserved guard Patty Mills scored 16 points and made four 3-pointers on 5-for-8 shooting overall from the floor to lead the way for the Spurs, who held Memphis to just 33-percent shooting.
Kawhi Leonard, who was presented with his second successive Defensive Player of the Year award before the game, added 13 points and LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Martin each scored 10 points, with Aldridge also adding eight rebounds in the win for San Antonio, which shot 47 percent from the floor and went 53 percent from long-range.
Tony Allen led the Grizzlies (0-2) with 12 points, while Zach Randolph staggered his way to 11 points and 12 rebounds, but shot just 5-for-17 from the field for Memphis, which shot 14 percent from 3-point range and scored a playoffs franchise-low 11 points in the first quarter.
The Grizzlies will host Game 3 on Friday night, but Matt Barnes doesn’t think that gives them an advantage.
“It doesn’t matter where we play, we’ve just got to play better,” Barnes said. “We can play here, we can play at the YMCA, we can play in Memphis; it doesn’t matter where we play at if we play the way we’ve been playing the court doesn’t matter.
“It’s on the players we’ve got to do a better job executing.”
In the midst of the defeat, Barnes, who scored nine points and shot 3-for-11, also talked about his 29:58 of playing time.
“I don’t want to play 20 minutes getting beat so bad,” he said. “I want to play 40-45 minutes and swing every second we can.
“I don’t want to save nothing, nothing should be in the tank. I’m not even tired right now, it’s frustrating.
“Hopefully next game we get out there and get more minutes and we’ll see what happens.”
HAWKS STIFLED CELTICS TO GO 2-0
The Hawks defeated the Celtics at Philips Arena to take full control of their series.
Kyle Korver and Al Horford each scored 17 points to lead Atlanta to an 89-72 victory over Boston on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
The Hawks got off to a quick start, outscoring the Celtics 24-3 inside the opening six and a half minutes of the game and took a 24-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Korver finished the game connecting on 5 of his 7 three-point attempts and shot 6-for-9 from the floor overall, while adding seven rebounds in the win.
Horford knocked down three 3-pointers and went 6-for-11 from the floor, with Jeff Teague adding 13 points and six assists and Thabo Sefolosha ended with 12 points and six rebounds for the Hawks.
Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 16 points, while Amir Johnson added 14 points and eight rebounds in the defeat for the Celtics, who will host the next two games of the series.
Evan Turner scored 12 points and five boards and Terry Rozier finished with 10 points for Boston, who shot just 18 percent from 3-point range.
The Celtics, who shot 32-percent from the floor, trailed by as many as 23 points in the opening quarter, but managed to trim the deficit to 10 points in the second quarter.
However, the Hawks got going again in the second to build another sizable to finish off the contest and prevented Boston from coming back like they did in Game 1 at the weekend.
Atlanta led 43-28 at half time and set a playoffs franchise record 15 blocks in the win.
Game 3 of this series is Friday night in Boston.