As if game one wasn’t enough, there is a clear disadvantage on Memphis’ side. They got pummeled by the Spurs for the second straight game, 94-68, and have a 2-0 deficit as they head back home.
It started early for the Grizzlies. Only 11 points were tallied by them in the first, and San Antonio was able to double their score in the same amount of time. Zach Randolph was just 2/7 from the field but had four points to lead the Grizzlies, who shot a meager 25% for the period. Although the Spurs didn’t shoot much better, 42%, they were able to get 14 combined points from LaMarcus Aldridge (6), Kawhi Leonard (4), and Manu Ginobili (4).
Memphis began to show some life in the second quarter and poured in 24 points. Tony Allen and JaMychal Green, who aren’t known for their offense, had six points each, and the Grizzlies bumped up their shooting percentage to a respectable 44%. San Antonio was still hot, however. They managed to improve their shooting percentage as well, finishing at 58% for the quarter. Kevin Martin (6), Patty Mills (5), and Leonard (5) accounted for 16 of San Antonio’s 27 points. The Spurs held a 49-35 lead at the break.
Out of halftime, Memphis’ offense went cold again. Matt Barnes and Zach Randolph shot a horrid 2/12 from the field and had just seven points. The Grizzlies finished at 26% for the quarter and had 18 points. The Spurs also cooled off, but they managed to stay at 40% for the third. Leonard, Mills, and Aldridge each had four points, and San Antonio put up 21 in the period, giving them a 70-53 lead headed into the fourth.
Being up by so much, Gregg Popovich emptied his bench and saw seven players combine for 24 points; five of them (West, Mills, Anderson, Martin, and Boban) each had four points while Andre Miller and Boris Diaw had two. The Grizzlies emptied their bench for the most part as well, but Jordan Farmar, Xavier Munford, and Randolph accounted for 13 of the 15 points put up.
Patty Mills had a game-high 16, Leonard had 13 points and three boards after receiving his DPOY award, and Aldridge and Kevin Martin each had ten. Randolph had 11 points on 5/17 shooting and 12 rebounds to lead Memphis; Tony Allen had a team-high 12 on 4/7 shooting.
Game three is scheduled for Friday, April 22 at 9:30 PM EST time in Memphis.