Leonard leads Spurs to 32-point victory over Grizzlies

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores as Memphis Grizzlies forward Lance Stephenson (1) looks on during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat Memphis 106-74 on Sunday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series, handing the Grizzlies their worst postseason loss.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points, and Tony Parker had 15 points and six assists for San Antonio. The Spurs sat their starters in the fourth quarter to rest them for Game 2 on Tuesday night in San Antonio.

San Antonio shot 68 percent in the third quarter, outscoring Memphis 33-14 to break open what had been a relatively close game against the short-handed Grizzlies.

Memphis matched a postseason low in the first quarter with 13 points, and only Xavier Munford’s 15-foot jumper with 46.1 seconds remaining kept it from matching the worst output in any quarter.

Vince Carter had 16 points to lead Memphis. Zach Randolph was held to six points on 3-for-13 shooting.

Memphis’ largest previous losing margin was 27 points against Oklahoma City on May 11, 2011.

Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat Memphis 106-74 on Sunday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series, handing the Grizzlies their worst postseason loss.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points, and Tony Parker had 15 points and six assists for San Antonio. The Spurs sat their starters in the fourth quarter to rest them for Game 2 on Tuesday night in San Antonio.

San Antonio shot 68 percent in the third quarter, outscoring Memphis 33-14 to break open what had been a relatively close game against the short-handed Grizzlies.

Memphis matched a postseason low in the first quarter with 13 points, and only Xavier Munford’s 15-foot jumper with 46.1 seconds remaining kept it from matching the worst output in any quarter.

Vince Carter had 16 points to lead Memphis. Zach Randolph was held to six points on 3-for-13 shooting.

Memphis’ previous largest losing margin in the playoffs was 27 points against Oklahoma City on May 11, 2011.

Memphis was able to keep the game close in the first half despite being without starters Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, but San Antonio closed the second quarter on a 9-0 run leading into its dominant third.

The Spurs also ran a series of defenders to harass Randolph. He had a shot blocked by Leonard in the first quarter, had Leonard step in front of him for a steal, and was stripped of an inlet pass by Tim Duncan.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Memphis is 2-3 in the postseason against teams that have won at least 60 games in the regular season. San Antonio entered the 2011 playoffs as the West’s top seed with a 61-21 record but was upset in the opening round by the Grizzlies in six games. Memphis also beat Oklahoma City in five games in the 2013 West semifinals. …The Grizzlies’ postseason low in any quarter was 11 in the fourth quarter against the Spurs on April 19, 2004. … Memphis used an NBA-record 28 players this season. … Grizzlies coach David Joerger was assessed a technical foul with 7:51 remaining after arguing a non-call on a turnover that led to Leonard’s fast-break dunk.

Spurs: Duncan played in his 242nd postseason game, the third-most in league history. He trails former teammate Robert Horry by two games and former Lakers guard Derek Fisher by 17. … San Antonio’s largest margin of victory in the postseason is 40 points against Denver on May 4, 1983. … The Spurs outscored Memphis 406-356 during the regular season, winning by an average of 12.5 points. … Parker averaged 16.3 points, 4.3 assists against the Grizzlies during the regular season. … San Antonio is in the postseason for the 19th consecutive season, the league’s longest active streak. Atlanta is second with nine consecutive appearances.

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