Grizzlies seal stunning upset by eliminating Spurs

MEMPHIS (Reuters) – The Memphis Grizzlies sealed a stunning upset of top-ranked San Antonio in the first round of the NBA playoffs on Friday, beating the Spurs 99-91 to clinch their series 4-2 at the FedEx Forum on Friday.
“I’m pleased with where we are, but not satisfied from the perspective that we have an opportunity to do something really special,” said Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.

“Not a lot of people knew about us coming in, but we certainly have made some noise and turned some heads and gotten some attention that probably wouldn’t have been given to us if we had lost this series.
“We would have just been another No. 8 seed losing to the No. 1 seed. But I’m pleased with the way it turned out.”
San Antonio scored the first points of the game but a 12-0 run by Memphis forced the Spurs to chase the Grizzlies for much of the encounter.
Despite trailing by as many as 12, San Antonio managed to grab the lead briefly at 80-79 with 4:39 remaining in the fourth quarter on a jump shot by Antonio McDyess.
However, they were unable to contain Zach Randolph down the stretch.
Randolph scored 17 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter. He also had 11 rebounds while Marc Gasol had a double-double with 13 rebounds and 12 points.
“I couldn’t have played any better D (defense),” said McDyess who covered Randolph.
“I keep running it back in my head and I don’t think I could have done different. He hit some really freaking tough shots. I didn’t think there was any way they could go in and I’d look up and he’d made them.
“To see that happen, when you had ground and played as tough a defense as you could, it hurts. At the same time, if he’s going to make those types of shots with the type of defense I played, you have to accept it.”

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 points, and Manu Ginobili scored 16.
(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Grizzlies seal stunning upset by knocking off Spurs

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MEMPHIS – The Memphis Grizzlies sealed a stunning upset by beating the top ranked San Antonio Spurs 99-91 to clinch their first round playoff series 4-2 at the FedEx Forum on Friday.


San Antonio scored the first points of the game but a 12-0 run by eighth-seeded Memphis forced the Spurs to chase the Grizzlies for much of the encounter.

Despite trailing by as many as 12 points, San Antonio managed to grab the lead briefly at 80-79 with 4:39 remaining in the fourth quarter on a jump shot by Antonio McDyess but were unable to contain Zach Randolph down the stretch.

Randolph scored 17 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter including 13 as the Grizzlies pulled away for good. Randolph also had 11 rebounds and Marc Gasol had a double-double with 13 rebounds and 12 points.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 points, and Manu Ginobili scored 16 points. – Reuters

 



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Grizzlies stun No. 1 Spurs for first playoff win

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press 
SAN ANTONIO – The Memphis Grizzlies own the first upset of the NBA playoffs, and they made history in the process.
Zach Randolph had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Shane Battier hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 23.9 seconds left, and the eighth-seeded Grizzlies won the first playoff game in franchise history, 101-98 over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

Randolph, who scored nine in the fourth quarter and punished San Antonio under the basket, might have saved his hardest contact for a chest bump with Mike Conley after the final buzzer. The rest of the Grizzlies bench spilled onto the court, waving towels and leaping back into the locker room.
Memphis began the playoffs with the motto “Let’s Make History,” and it needed just one game to do it. Sixteen years after the franchise debuted in Vancouver, the Grizzlies finally savored their first playoff win in 13 tries.
The top-seeded Spurs didn’t stick around to watch Memphis celebrate. San Antonio had a chance to force overtime, but Richard Jefferson missed an open 3-pointer as time expired.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 20 points, but they sorely missed All-Star Manu Ginobili, who continued to rest his sprained right elbow. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Ginobili begged to play, and it’s safe bet the All-Star won’t have to convince Popovich for Game 2 on Wednesday.
The Grizzlies spent the week insisting they didn’t tank their final two games to assure they’d get the Spurs. But the way Randolph and Marc Gasol bullied San Antonio in the frontcourt, Memphis showed that San Antonio isn’t such a bad matchup.
Gasol had 24 points and nine rebounds. Conley scored 15 points and had 10 assists, and O.J. Mayo had 13 points off the bench.
Tim Duncan had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who lost their sixth straight playoff series opener.
And watching this latest one on the bench was Ginobili.
The Spurs listed him as doubtful entering Sunday. But between the 33-year-old practicing a day earlier and his teammates convinced he would play, seeing Ginobili in lineup wouldn’t have been much of a stretch. Instead, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich played it safe.
“You know (darn) well he’s not happy with me. And you know (darn) well he wants to be on that court,” Popovich said before tip-off. “But I made my decision.”
Popovich wouldn’t speculate whether Ginobili might play in Game 2 on Wednesday.
The Spurs badly missed him. George Hill started in Ginobili’s place but went just 2 of 7 from the floor and finished with 15 points. The NBA’s top 3-point shooting team also suffered without Ginobili’s range and penetration to draw in perimeter defenders.
The Spurs were 6 of 15 from behind the 3-point line. Matt Bonner hit two of those in the final 2:09, his second one putting San Antonio ahead 96-94 with 1:28 remaining.
But the veteran and four-time champion Spurs couldn’t close against the inexperienced Grizzlies, who have just four players on their roster with playoff experience.
It’s only the fourth playoff series in franchise history for Memphis, and its first appearance since being swept out of the first round in 2006.
Notes: The Spurs used a rotation of just eight players. Among those who didn’t play was rookie 7-footer Tiago Splitter. …The Grizzlies are now 3-2 against the Spurs this season.

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