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The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The Celtics break an 11-game losing streak to the Spurs as they pull out a 108 to 94 win

The San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics would meet for the first time this season, which marked the first of two games that these teams would play against each other.  The Celtics have lost the last eleven matchups to the Spurs but things would be different as the Boston team will have Kyrie Irving.  The Spurs were without Darrun Hilliard, Joffrey Lauvergne (ankle), Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Tony Parker (quadriceps), Matt Costello (coach’s decision), and Manu Ginobili (rest).  The Celtics would be without Kadeem Allen, Jabari Bird, and Marcus Morris (knee).  The Celtics looked to extend their winning streak to five as they hosted the Spurs at the TD Garden.

The Boston Celtics would start the game off impressively as they shot fifty percent from the field in the first quarter as the Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jaylen Brown would chalk up nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  He also gobbled up three defensive rebounds and dished off one assist.  Kyrie Irving also scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played, hitting a three-pointer in the process.  He dished off two assists, as well, while Al Horford recorded four defensive records and three assists to go along with the six points he put up.

On the other end of the court, Texas-native LaMarcus Aldridge scored nine points in the eleven minutes that he played.  He also pulled down two defensive rebounds as Rudy Gay came off of the bench to chalk up four points with two of them coming from the free-throw line.  Pau Gasol was limited to just a three-pointer as well as Danny Green.  Brandon Paul would come off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer and grab two defensive rebounds but it was the Celtics who ended the first quarter with a 30 to 26 lead.

The Celtics would continue to own the show as they shot forty-eight percent from the field in the second quarter, holding the visiting team to thirty-eight percent.  Former Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving would continue to impress as he drops seven more points while shooting seventy-five percent from the field.  He also managed to grab one defensive rebound and dish off three assists as Marcus Smart collected six points and two defensive rebounds.  Horford and Jayson Tatum would earn three defensive rebounds while rookie Daniel Theis recorded three offensive rebounds.

As for the Texas team, Bryn Forbes came off of the bench to drop two three-pointers while collecting two defensive rebounds.  Gay only scored five points while Danny Green played ten minutes and was held to just a three-pointer.  Patty Mills came off of the bench to put in a three-pointer while Aldridge scored two points and grabbed two offensive rebounds.  Kyle Anderson was held scoreless in the seven minutes he played but he would collect two offensive rebounds as the Celtics headed into halftime with a 54-49 advantage.

The home team would go on a 26 to 18 run in the third period as they shot forty-three percent from the field while the San Antonio team shot thirty-three percent.  Kyrie Irving would continue to contribute as he chalks up eight more points with six coming from behind the arc.  Brown would play for the entire quarter as he put up seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two coming from the charity stripe.  Aron Baynes ended up with four points in the period as Al Horford collected two points, two offensive rebounds, and three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the floor, Paul collected six points on sixty-seven percent shooting from the field with three of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Gay would put up five points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process as Gasol would be limited to just three points.  Gasol did, however, grab three defensive rebounds while Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills were held to two points each.  Anderson was kept scoreless as he pulled down two defensive rebounds but it was still the Massachusetts team that went into the fourth quarter with a huge 80 to 67 lead.

The Boston Celtics would close things out in the last period as they shot fifty percent from the field while the San Antonio Spurs shot forty-eight percent.  Jayson Tatum would connect for two three-pointers while he grabbed down two defensive rebounds.  Horford ended up with four points while Terry Rozier got hot for ten points, earning six of them from beyond the arc.  Marcus Smart was held scoreless but did manage to dish off five assists.

Brandon Paul would continue to contribute to the Spurs scoring as he puts nine additional points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He took three of those points from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Kyle Anderson would make up for last quarter as he posts up five points including one three-pointer.  Pau Gasol would be limited to three points but would grab two offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Davis Bertans came off the bench to earn three points, two rebounds, and three assists but it was the Boston Celtics who easily pull out a 108 to 94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.  Kyrie Irving would finish the game with twenty-four points, two rebounds, six assists, and three steals.  Brandon Paul finished with eighteen points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

The Timberwolves walk away from the Heat with a 125 to 122 overtime win

Last night’s matchup between the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves would mark the first of two games that these teams will play against each other.  The Heat was trying to avoid a third straight loss as they try to recover from the loss they took in the hands of the Boston Celtics.  The Minnesota team, on the other hand, are trying to get a winning streak going as they come fresh off a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Timberwolves were without Cole Aldrich (coach’s decision) for this game, along with Aaron Brooks (coach’s decision), Marcus Georges-Hunt (coach’s decision), Anthony Brown, and Justin Patton (toe).  The Heat would play without Udonis Haslem (coach’s decision), Jordan Mickey (coach’s decision), A.J. Hammons, Matt Williams, Derrick Walton, Rodney McGruder (leg), and Hassan Whiteside (knee).  Both teams would try to battle hard as the Heat hosted the Timberwolves at the American Airlines Arena.

The Miami Heat would end up shooting fifty-eight from the field in the first quarter while holding the Timberwolves to forty-one percent. Goran Dragic heated up for ten points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds as former Thunder guard Dion Waiters scored six points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and one assist that he recorded.

Josh Richardson was limited to just forty percent shooting from the field as he earned five points with three coming from beyond the arc. Bam Adebayo only dropped three points but he did manage to grab three offensive rebounds and one rebound. James Johnson was held to just two free-throws but would collect five defensive rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up seven points which would include one three-pointer. He also pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. Jeff Teague played for ten minutes in the quarter as he scored seven points, collecting three of them from behind the arc. He would also record two defensive rebounds and two assists while Nemanja Bjelica came off of the bench to knock down a three-pointer. Andrew Wiggins was held to two points in the twelve minutes that he played as the Heat walked into the second quarter with a 32-23 advantage.

The Timberwolves would have something to say about that in the second quarter as they shot sixty-four percent from the field while the Florida team shot fifty-nine percent. Wiggins would make up for last quarter as he starts to warm up for seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He ended up knocking down a three-pointer in the process while Towns also shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.

Towns collected five points in the eight minutes that he played while pulling down one offensive and two defensive rebounds. Jimmy Butler played for seven minutes as he chalked up five points along with one rebound and one assist. Teague was held to just two points but did manage to get off three assists.

On the other end of the court, Kelly Olynyk would come off of the bench to drop nine points which included one three-pointer. He also was able to pull down three defensive rebounds and dish off two assists. Dragic shot sixty-seven percent from the field but was only held to six points, three from beyond the arc and one from the free-throw line.

Justise Winslow shot a perfect one-hundred from the field as he scores six points while collecting two defensive rebounds. Dion Waiters ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was held to only four points. Adebayo would settle for two points and three offensive rebounds as the Miami Heat went into halftime with a close 62-60 lead.

During the third quarter, the Heat ended up shooting forty-four percent from the field as the Timberwolves were held to twenty-nine percent.  Bam Adebayo shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as he scored seven points and collected two rebounds.  Okaro White would come off of the bench to put up five points as he shot one-hundred percent from the field.  Three of those points came from beyond the arc as Tyler Johnson was limited to four points, two coming from the charity stripe.

On the other end of the court, Taj Gibson warmed up with seven points while shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also collected two defensive rebounds while Karl-Anthony Towns chalked up five points, three of which came from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Andrew Wiggins shot only twenty percent while collecting four points and four rebounds but it was the home team who ended the third with an 82-79 lead.

The last quarter would be held closely as the Miami Heat shot forty-seven percent from the field as the Minnesota Timberwolves shot forty-one percent.  Dion Waiters would continue to impress as he posts up fourteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  Kelly Olynyk ended up shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning nine points in return.  He connected for a three-pointer in the process of grabbing one defensive rebound.  Winslow would gather up two defensive rebounds and two points while Adebayo took a free-throw and three rebounds.

As for the Minnesota team, Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to drop eight points, earning three of them from behind the three-point line.  Jeff Teague chalked up seven points with three of them coming from beyond the arc and the other two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins collected six points on fifty percent shooting from the field while Butler would be held to just four free-throws.  Towns was held scoreless but he did manage to gobble up one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds.

With only thirty seconds left in the game, the score would be 110 to 106 in the Timberwolves’ favor.  Dion Waiters would go to the line off of a foul by Jimmy Butler and nail two free-throws to make the score 110 to 108.  With three seconds left in the game, Waiters would make a driving layup to tie the game up at 110, forcing overtime.

The overtime period would be held closely as the Timberwolves shot fifty-seven percent while the Heat shot fifty percent.  Waiters ended up shooting only forty-three percent from the field but was able to score seven points in return.  He committed one steal while Olynyk knocked down one three-pointer.  Goran Dragic was held scoreless but did pull down two rebounds.

The Timberwolves would finish things off in overtime, though, as Teague recorded seven points, three coming from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Wiggins would be held to just three free-throws while Towns knocked down one three-pointer.  Butler was limited to just two points as the Minnesota team pull away with a 125 to 122 win.  Jeff Teague finished the game with twenty-three points, five rebounds, eleven assists, and six steals (tying his career-high).  Dion Waiter would finish with thirty-three points (tying his career-high), five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Clippers earn their third straight win against the Jazz, 102 to 84

The Los Angeles Clippers would seek their third straight win as they hosted the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center, who were looking for their second straight win.  This game would mark the first of four matchups between these two teams.  The Clippers and Jazz met up in the first round of the playoffs last season as the Jazz defeated the California team, 4-3.  The Clippers, who are now without Chris Paul, would seek revenge last night.

The Utah Jazz shot forty-three percent from the field in the first quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers shot forty percent.  Ricky Rubio would score eight points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would also collect one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds while Joe Ingles connected for a three-pointer.  Alec Burks came off the Utah bench to hit a three-pointer as well but he also pulled down two defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Patrick Beverley would also earn eight points with six of those points coming from beyond the arc.  Blake Griffin would contribute with seven points while knocking down a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Danilo Gallinari ended up with four points and two rebounds as the Clippers ended the first quarter with a 27 to 20 lead.

The Utah team would go on a 21 to 15 run in the second period as they shot thirty-nine percent from the field, limiting the Clippers to thirty-five percent.  2009-2010 All-Defensive Player Thabo Sefolosha would come off of the bench to drop points while shooting sixty-seven percent from the field.  He would knock down a three-pointer while doing so as well as collecting four defensive rebounds.  Joe Johnson would come off the bench to also shoot sixty-seven percent from the field but would only score four points.  Rudy Gobert was limited to three points in the quarter while Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell were held to two points.

As for the Clippers, Gallinari would shoot only thirty-three percent from the field while collecting four points.  He also gobbled up two defensive rebounds while Austin Rivers would drill a three-pointer.  Blake Griffin ended up with two points in the seven minutes that he played while DeAndre Jordan received two points, two offensive rebounds, and five defensive rebounds.  Beverley would play for the entire quarter, only to be held to two points as the home team would go into halftime with a slight 42-41 lead.

The Clippers would respond in the third quarter with a huge 33 to 15 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field while limiting the visiting team to twenty-seven percent from the field.  Griffin would continue to add to his scoring total as he chalks up nine more points, along with five defensive rebounds.  Jordan would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn five points, which would go along with his four rebounds that he collected.  Lou Williams will come off of the bench to earn five points including one three-pointer.

For the Jazz, Gobert would collect nine more points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  He also pulled down three rebounds while Johnson would collect four more points.  Rubio and Favors would be held scoreless throughout this period while Sefolosha would collect four defensive rebounds off of the bench.  Rubio would manage to get off four assists as the Clippers walk into the last quarter with a huge 75 to 56 lead.

The Jazz would shoot sixty-three percent of the field in the last period while the Clippers shot fifty-nine percent from the field.  Mitchell would get hot for fifteen points on the Utah side, which would include three 3-pointers.  Raul Neto came off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc as Derrick Favors shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field to earn four points.

The Clippers would finish things off, though, as Griffin drops five points which would include one three-pointer.  Rivers and Beverley would also collect five points each as they both shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  DeAndre Jordan would receive two points and two rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers easily pull away with a 102 to 84 win over the Utah Jazz.  Blake Griffin would finish the game with twenty-two points, nine rebounds, and six assists while Donovan Mitchell finished with nineteen points, two rebounds, and one assist.

76ers grabbed their first win of the season against the Pistons, 97-86

76ers grabbed their first win of the season against the Pistons, 97-86

The Philadelphia 76ers would look to avoid a 0-4 start to the season as they took on the 2-1 Detriot Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena.  During the first quarter of the game, the 76ers shot forty-one percent from the field while limiting the Pistons to thirty-eight percent.  Ben Simmons would heat up for ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field.  He also collected three rebounds and two assists to go along with it.  Joel Embiid ended up shooting seventy-five percent from the field as he dropped nine points which would include one three-pointer.  Robert Covington played for ten minutes as he was limited to only one three-pointer while Amir Johnson would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer and pull down five rebounds.

As for the home team, Andre Drummond would score seven points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field.  He also went up to grab three offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds to add to his stat sheet.  Former Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Tobias Harris would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field as he dropped five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc.  Avery Bradley also connected for one three-pointer as the 76ers ended the first quarter with a 31 to 22 lead.

The 76ers shot fifty percent from the field in the second quarter as the Michigan team would shoot forty-three percent from the field.  Dario Saric came off the 76ers’ bench to put up seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so.  Embiid would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he chalked up six points, along with three defensive rebounds.  Jerryd Bayless ended up connecting for two three-pointers as Simmons would record three more points, along with three defensive rebounds.

On the other end of the court, Reggie Jackson would come alive as he chalked up seven points and four defensive rebounds while shooting fifty percent.  Langston Galloway came off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points.  Ish Smith would also come off of the bench but he would drop four points as the Philadelphia 76ers went into halftime with a 56-43 advantage.

The Detriot Pistons would respond with a 24 to 19 run in the third period as they shot thirty-seven percent from the field.  Drummond ended up scoring seven more points as he pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds in the eleven minutes he played.  New-guard Avery Bradley would shoot fifty percent from the field but only recorded four points as Harris recorded two points and two defensive rebounds.

The 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent from the field as a team while Joel Embiid shot a perfect one-hundred percent.  Embiid chalked up eight points in the third quarter while Ben Simmons recorded six points, five rebounds, and three assists.  Covington would play for eight minutes as he knocked down a three-pointer and one free-throw.  He also managed to pull down two offensive rebounds as the visiting team closed the third quarter with a 75 to 67 lead.

The Philadelphia team would finish things off in the last quarter as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, limiting the Pistons to thirty-five percent.  Joel Embiid continued to impress as he chalked up seven more additional points, along with three defensive rebounds.  J.J. Redick would only be limited to two points in the eleven minutes that he played while T.J. McConnell came off the 76ers’ bench to drill a three-pointer.  Simmons recorded two more points, as well as one more rebound and two more assists.

On the other end of the court, Missouri-native Anthony Tolliver would come off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from behind the arc.  Bradley ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was limited to only four points while Andre Drummond collected two more rebounds but it was the Philadelphia 76ers who escaped with a 97 to 86 win over the Detriot Pistons, giving them their first win of the season.  Joel Embiid finished with thirty points and nine rebounds while Ben Simmons ended his first triple-double of his career.  Simmons scored twenty-one points, pulled down twelve rebounds and dished off ten assists.  Reggie Jackson ended up with sixteen points, six rebounds, and seven assists.

The San Antonio Spurs pull away with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, winning the series 4-2

The San Antonio Spurs pull away with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, winning the series 4-2

Last night marked the sixth game between San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies in their playoff series.  Game 1 would be a victory for the San Antonio Spurs as they hand the Grizzlies a 111 to 82 blowout loss.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-two points, pulled down three rebounds and dished off five assists.  Marc Gasol would finish with thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  The Spurs would also go on to win the second game with a 96-82 score.  Kawhi Leonard would put up thirty-seven points, eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley would settle for twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  The Grizzlies would bounce back with a Game 3 win over the Texas team, handing the Spurs a 105 to 94 loss.  In that game, Mike Conley would put up twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard would score eighteen points, four rebounds and three assists.  Game 4 would also be a victory for the Memphis team as they pull away with a 110-108 win in overtime.  Mike Conley would chalk up thirty-five points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard would end up with forty-three points, eight rebounds and three assists.  San Antonio would go on to win the last game, though, as they escape with a 116 to 103 victory.  Kawhi Leonard would put up twenty-eight points, one rebound and six assists.  Mike Conley would settle for twenty-six points, two rebounds and six assists.  The Memphis Grizzlies looked to survive another game last night as they faced the San Antonio Spurs in the FedEx Forum.

The game would start off right for the Spurs as point guard Tony Parker got hot for eleven points, including one three-pointer.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field in the quarter.  Kawhi Leonard would contribute with six points, along with two rebounds.  Danny Green would knock down a three-pointer as LaMarcus Aldridge would shoot twenty-five percent from the field, collecting only two points but he would work for three defensive rebounds.  On the other end of the court, eight-time All-Star, Vince Carter, would chalk up seven points which would include one three-pointer.  Andrew Harrison would come off the bench to knock down two three-pointers but it was the Spurs who ended the first period with a 24 to 22 lead.  Memphis would go on a 28-21 run in the second quarter as Marc Gasol throws up nine points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Gasol would earn three of those points from behind the three-point line.  Mike Conley would also shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, earning himself five points which would contain one three-pointer.  Zach Randolph would contribute with only four points, but he would crash the boards for four defensive rebounds.  As for the San Antonio team, the 2013-2014 NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, would try to keep his team back in it as he drops nine points while shooting sixty percent from the field.  Aldridge and Parker would each put up four points but it was the home team that walked into halftime with a 50-45 lead.

The Spurs would return the favor with a 30 to 24 run in the third period as former Trail Blazers player, LaMarcus Aldridge, would chalk up nine points, along with a total of four rebounds.  Tony Parker would pitch in with six points, shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Leonard would only to be held to four points, which he would all get from the free-throw line, but he managed to grab four rebounds to add to his stat sheet.  Mike Conley would try to keep the home team in it as he puts up seven points, collecting three of them from behind the arc.  James Ennis would knock down two three-pointers, as he receives six points but it was the visitors who went into the last quarter with a 75 to 74 lead.  The Texas team would close things out in the fourth period as they go on a 28-22 run.  Kawhi Leonard would heat up for ten points, taking three of them from beyond the arc.  Parker would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, earning himself six points.  As for the Memphis team, Conley would put up eleven points but it wasn’t enough as the San Antonio Spurs pull away with a 103 to 96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies and winning the series, 4-2.  Kawhi Leonard finished with twenty-nine points, nine rebounds and four assists.  Mike Conley would end up with twenty-six points, two rebounds and five assists.

The San Antonio Spurs easily coast past the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 3-2 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs easily coast past the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 was a victory for the Spurs as they hand Memphis a 111 to 82 blowout loss.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-two points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out five assists.  Marc Gasol would put up thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  The Spurs would win the second game, as well, pulling away with a 96 to 82 score.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-seven points, eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley ended up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  The Memphis Grizzlies would bounce back in Game 3 as they defeat the San Antonio Spurs with a 105-94 victory.  In that game, Mike Conley scored twenty-four points, pulled down one rebound and got off eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard ended up with eighteen points, four rebounds and three assists.  Memphis would pull off an 110-108 overtime win in Game 4 against the Texas team.  Mike Conley would put up thirty-five points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard finished with forty-three points, eight rebounds and three assists.  Each team looked to grab a 3-2 lead in series as they faced off in San Antonio last night.

The score would be held close in the first quarter of the game as both teams would put up twenty-three points in the period.  Two-time All-Star, Manu Ginobili, would come off the bench to drop eight points for the San Antonio Spurs.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, knocking down one three-pointer to go along with it.  Kawhi Leonard would contribute with five points, but would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field.  On the other end of the floor, Marc Gasol would put up seven points, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Former Heat player, James Ennis, would contribute with five points, which would include one three-pointer.  Mike Conley would also drop five points, collecting three of those from beyond the arc as both teams end the first quarter with a 23-23 tied game.  The home team would go on a 32 to 26 run in the second quarter as two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard, puts up seven points which would hold one three-pointer.  LaMarcus Aldridge would shoot fifty percent from the field, earning himself six points, along with three rebounds.  Point guard Tony Parker would shoot a perfect one-hundred from the field, collecting six points which would all come from behind the three-point line.  As for the Memphis Grizzlies, Vince Carter would chalk up eight points, three coming from behind the arc and the other five coming from the free-throw line.  Ennis would collect six more points, which would contain one three-pointer.  Zach Randolph would shoot forty-three percent from the field, also receiving six points but it was the Texas team that went into halftime with a 55-49 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Spurs go on a 32 to 27 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Leonard would chalk up eight points, collecting six of those from behind the three-point line.  Tony Parker would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, but would only receive six points.  Aldridge would earn four points, along with bench player Pau Gasol, both shooting fifty percent from the field.  On the other end, Indiana-native Mike Conley would get hot for seventeen points, containing one three-pointer but it was the Texas team that ended the third period with a commanding 87-76 lead.  The Spurs would easily close things out in the last quarter as former Trail Blazers, Patty Mills, would light the floor up with twelve points which all from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 116 to 103, taking a 3-2 lead in series.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with twenty-eight points, one rebound and six assists (his new Playoff career-high).  Mike Conley would end up with twenty-six points, two rebounds and six assists.

The Memphis Grizzlies defeat the San Antonio Spurs, preventing the Spurs from taking a 3-0 lead in series

The Memphis Grizzlies defeat the San Antonio Spurs, preventing the Spurs from taking a 3-0 lead in series

After a Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies head coach, David Fizdale, went on a rant during the press conference about the poor officiating that took place during the game.  He was later fined $30,000 by the NBA for his comments.  The Grizzlies looked to prevent the Spurs from taking a 3-0 lead in the series last night.  Game 1 was a blowout victory for the Spurs as they won, 111-82.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-two points, three rebounds and five assists.  Marc Gasol finished with thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  In the second game, Spurs would defeat the Grizzlies, as well, with a 96 to 82 win.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-seven points, eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley ended up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  The Spurs looked to take a 3-0 lead in the series last night in Memphis.

Each team would start off hot as they each score 21 points in the first quarter.  Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge would drop six points each, as Patty Mills comes off the bench to knock down two 3-pointers to earn himself six points, as well.  As for the other team, James Ennis, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley would each drop five points.  Gasol and Conley would earn three of theirs from beyond the arc, though.  The Grizzlies would go on a 29 to 25 run in the second period as former Trail Blazers, Zach Randolph, lights the floor up with eleven points, containing one 3-pointer.  Marc Gasol would shoot 60% from the field, earning himself six points, while JaMychal Green comes off the bench to collect four points.  Kawhi Leonard would try to keep his team in it as he would chalk up ten points, which held two 3-pointers.  He would shoot 60% from the field as Danny Green and bench player, Kyle Anderson, would each earn themselves four points but it was the home team that went into halftime with a 50-46 lead.  Memphis would spark a huge 31 to 17 run in the third as Randolph, Gasol and Conley would each drop eight points.  Gasol and Conley would, once again, earn three of their points from behind the three-point line.  Zach Randolph would also add three rebounds to his stat sheet.  LaMarcus Aldridge would collect eight points to help his Texas team out as Pau Gasol, Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson would come off the bench to each score three points.  But it was the Grizzlies who would go into the last quarter with a huge 81-63 advantage.  The Spurs would attempt to climb back as Jonathon Simmons comes off the bench to drop ten points, which would include two 3-pointers but, with the help of Conley’s nine points in the quarter, the Grizzlies would close it out with a 105-94 win, making the series 2-1.  Mike Conley would finish with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard would end up with eighteen points, four rebounds and three assists.

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 2-0 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 2-0 lead in series

Last night marked Game 2 between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs in their Playoffs series.  Game 1 was a blow out as the Spurs defeated the Grizzlies, 111-82 in San Antonio.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-two points, pulled down three rebounds and dished out five assists.  Marc Gasol scored thirty-two points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out two assists.  The San Antonio Spurs would look to take a 2-0 lead in Texas as they host the Grizzlies again.

The San Antonio Spurs would start the game off right as two-time All-Star, Kawhi Leonard, drops ten points, shooting 75% from the field.  LaMarcus Aldridge would help out as he puts up five points, which would mainly come from the free-throw line.  On the other end, Mike Conley would earn eight points which would contain one 3-pointer but it would be the home team that ended the first quarter with a 29 to 16 lead.  In the second period, Leonard would collect eight more points, only shooting 33% from the field.  The 2003-2004 Most Improved Player, Zach Randolph, would come off the bench to drop eight points for the Tennessee team.  Conley would chalk up six points, which contained one 3-pointer but the Spurs went into halftime with a huge 56-37 advantage.  Memphis would go on a 28 to 19 run in the third quarter as Randolph collects six more points and grabs down two rebounds.  The first-round pick in the 1998 draft, Vince Carter, would shoot 66% on the court, collecting five points which included one 3-pointer.  Mike Conley would score five points himself, which held one 3-pointer.  Former Pelicans player, James Ennis, would score five points, too, but his would all come from the free-throw line.  Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard would drop nine points while Pau Gasol would settle for five points, giving the home team a 75-65 lead at the end of the third.  San Antonio would close things out in the last period, thanks to Kawhi Leonard, who continues to put on a scoring display, dropping ten more points.  The San Antonio Spurs would defeat the Memphis Grizzlies with a 96 to 82 win, taking a 2-0 lead in the series.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with thirty-seven points (his new Playoff career-high), eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley would end up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.