Sport Kawhi Leonard, Spurs roll past Grizzlies again, take 2-0 series lead

07:55  18 april  2017
07:55  18 april  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

Grizzlies pull within 2-1 of Spurs with 105-94 win

  Grizzlies pull within 2-1 of Spurs with 105-94 win <p>The Memphis Grizzlies snapped a 10-game postseason skid against San Antonio by routing the Spurs 105-94 on Thursday night.</p>The Grizzlies pulled within 2-1 in this first-round Western Conference series, giving first-year coach David Fizdale his first postseason victory. This also marked the Grizzlies' first win over the Spurs in the playoffs since April 2011, when Memphis beat San Antonio in six games.

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San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball as Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Vince Carter (right) defends during the second half in game two of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. © Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball as Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Vince Carter (right) defends during the second half in game two of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. For the second time in the three nights, the San Antonio Spurs were far too much for the Memphis Grizzlies to handle on both ends of the floor.

Behind a game-high 37 points from MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, they rolled to a 96-82 win Monday night to go up 2-0 in their first-round series.

BOX SCORE: SPURS 96, GRIZZLIES 82

Leonard, who made nine of his 14 shot attempts, added 10 rebounds and put the game away for good with a mammoth one-handed slam over Grizzlies center Marc Gasol in the final minute. He also made all 19 of his free-throw attempts.

David Fizdale rips referees after Game 2 loss

  David Fizdale rips referees after Game 2 loss David Fizdale might as well start making the check out to pay for his fine.&nbsp;The Memphis Grizzlies head coach went off on the officials after his team lost Game 2 of their Western Conference playoff series to the San Antonio Spurs, 96-82, on Monday night.

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The Spurs only early scores were a banked three-point shot from Kawhi Leonard and a Tony Parker shot. The Grizzlies continued to dominate early, pushing the lead to 13. It could have been even more, but Leonard was able to score on a series of difficult shots.

The Spurs jumped out to a 20-12 lead midway through the first quarter on a Danny Green three-pointer, and it was relatively smooth sailing from there on out. By the eight-minute mark in the second quarter, the Spurs' lead was extended to 42-21. By halftime, it was 56-37.

The Grizzlies cut it to 10 by the end of the third thanks to a 28-point quarter and cut it to four early in the fourth. But after a Gregg Popovich timeout with 6:42 left and the Spurs up 80-75, San Antonio got back on track.

It started with a Danny Green three to put the Spurs up 83-75. Then Leonard went coast-to-coast to push the lead to 85-75. Then Pau Gasol hit a three at the 4:56 mark, making it 88-75. The Grizzlies would never get back within single digits.

The Grizzlies' Gasol, who had 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting in Game 1, finished with just 12 points on four-of-15 shooting.

David Fizdale rips referees after Game 2 loss

  David Fizdale rips referees after Game 2 loss David Fizdale might as well start making the check out to pay for his fine.&nbsp;The Memphis Grizzlies head coach went off on the officials after his team lost Game 2 of their Western Conference playoff series to the San Antonio Spurs, 96-82, on Monday night.

The Spurs will look to take a 2 - 0 series lead , while the Grizzlies have something to prove after getting blown out in Game 1. Aggressive Kawhi . If you thought that Leonard ’s points came easier than usual in Game 1, you’re right. The MVP candidate took full advantage of Tony Allen’s absence and

Kawhi Leonard scores 32 points with five threes and 12 boards in San Antonio's OT win over the Grizzlies . Kawhi Leonard drives and kicks the no-look dime out to Bryn Forbes for three. Kawhi Leonard scores 25 as the Spurs roll past the Jazz, 109-103.

The Grizzlies were yet again without five-time All-Defensive team member Tony Allen, who is out indefinitely with a strained calf. Rookie Wayne Selden, who played just 14 games in the regular season, started in his place and went scoreless in 15 minutes.

The two teams meet for Game 3 on Thursday in Memphis at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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