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San Antonio Spurs rout Memphis Grizzlies 94-68 in Game Two

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When the official Vegas lines for this game came out, the Spurs were favoured by 18 and a half points, which is the largest game spread in the history of the NBA playoffs. It was bet back down to 17 before the game started and it somehow still felt on the low side. 

Of course, by the time the encounter ended, it proved to be just that. Barring a major change as the series shifts to Memphis, it's all but impossible to envision a game in this series finishing with a single-digit margin. 

After two games, the average margin of victory for the Spurs is 29.

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For the second game in a row, the Spurs starters' offence was pretty one-dimensional, with LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard doing most of the work. In fact, it kind of resembles much of the Oklahoma City Thunder's offensive scheme. 

Over the first 10 minutes, the Spurs managed 13 points before a lineup of Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, David West, Kyle Anderson and Aldridge closed out the last two minutes of the quarter in style; using a 9-0 run to open up a 22-11 lead.

The Spurs only hit 8-of-19 field goals but their defence was even more stingy than usual and they held the visitors to just 5-of-20 from the field in the first and forced five Grizzly turnovers.

Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

The second quarter saw both teams improve their shooting and Memphis put up 24 points behind Tony Allen and Zach Randolph. Allen and JaMychal Green were the only Grizzlies players to shoot 50 percent or better for the half. 

The Spurs had a decent quarter, scoring 27 and getting nice contributions from a variety of players. And with that, San Antonio took a comfortable 14 point lead into the break.

Kawhi Leonard was a little cold on offence in the first 24, hitting just 3-of-9 attempts, but he did have a game-high nine points and did his normal shut-down job facing his own basket. 

The third quarter was more of the same, with San Antonio winning the period by three, continuing their slow, methodical dismantling of Memphis. After 36 minutes of play, the home team had held the Grizzlies to 53 points on 31.8% shooting.

For the Spurs' part, they didn't do anything offensively to write home about, putting up just 21 points in the period. 

Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

The Western Conference's second seed don't surrender 17-point fourth quarter leads and this one was over early. The question became, how many times will Boban Marjanovic touch the ball in the low post? The home crowd just goes completely nuts every time the Serbian gets the rock. 

The Spurs did what they set out to do in the first two games of the series and have set themselves up for an opportunity to get even more rest before the Conference Semi-Finals begins. 

Topics:
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
Kawhi Leonard
Memphis Grizzlies

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