San Antonio defeated Memphis in overtime Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Tuesday evening, the San Antonio Spurs got a career playoff-high 18 assists from Tony Parker to help defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 93-89, in overtime to go up two games to none in their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff final. Parker also had 15 points to supplement the 17 by Tim Duncan, as the Spurs got double-figure scoring from all five starting players in a balanced offensive effort at the AT&T Center.
Both teams got off to a very tentative start in the first quarter, with the Memphis defense holding San Antonio to an uncharacteristic 15 points – but it was marred by exceptionally poor perimeter shooting which saw both teams tossing up more airballs than buckets and turning the ball over routinely. The inside play of San Antonio’s Tiago Splitter, who finished with 14 points and Kawhi Leonard, who had 12, effectively kept the Spurs in the quarter. But in the second quarter, the Spurs picked up the pace, with Danny Green, Gary Neal and Matt Bonner all hitting threes en route to 31 points for the quarter – resulting in a 15-point halftime lead.