Spurs beat Grizzlies 116-95 to become first team into playoff second round

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The San Antonio Spurs became the first team to progress to the second round of the 2016 NBA playoffs after a comfortable 116-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies this afternoon sealed a 4-0 series sweep.

A power outage at the FedExForum early in the second quarter led to an 18-minute delay but could not prevent Gregg Popovich's team from coming out on top.

Clean sweep

Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Western Conference's second seed with 21 points and, once again, the 2015-16 Defensive Player of the Year was a force at both ends of the court. The team as a whole shot 50 percent from the field and were 45.5 percent from three-point range.

The Grizzlies were able to keep things close in the first half and, dealing with the enforced delay the better, they cut a 25-19 first quarter deficit down to two points as they entered halftime trailing 47-45.

The Spurs moved up the gears in the third quarter, however, outscoring Memphis 37-22 in the 12 minutes after halftime and effectively killing the game as a contest. Shooting 67 percent in the quarter, it was their most efficient period in the four-game series.

Time to rest

Up 84-66 at the start of the fourth, the Spurs were able to rest their entire starting five for the majority, if not all, of the fourth quarter.

Despite watching the closing stages from the bench, LaMarcus Aldridge still ended the game with a 15 point, 10 rebound double-double, whilst Parker added 15 on the night.

For the Grizzlies, Lance Stephenson led the way with 26 points. Zach Randolph (15 points) Matt Barnes (15 points) and Vince Carter (14 points) were the other Memphis players to finish in double figures.

Moving on

Next up for San Antonio will be the winners of the first round series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks. With four games in that series gone, OKC currently lead 3-1.

Having won out against Memphis in four games, though, the Spurs will have an extra few days of rest as they prepare for the second round.

For Memphis, Sunday's game once again proved that their injury-hit roster just couldn't keep up with the Spurs.

In scoring 95 points, they did manage to avoid setting a record low scoring output in a four-game series. Their average before Sunday's game was just 76.3 points.

San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
Kawhi Leonard
NBA Playoffs
Memphis Grizzlies
Tony Parker

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