The San Antonio Spurs held on for a game-2 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, 96-82, Monday, April 17, 2017.
Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale launched a scathing rant against the officials following their playoff loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Leonard finished the game 9 for 14 from the field and was 19 for 19 on free throws.
Tony Parker continued his solid play from the first game, finishing this contest with 15 points after putting up 18 in the first.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies (0-2) with 24 points and added eight assists in the defeat. They all have had one good and one bad game in this series.
Memphis cut a 26-point lead down to four points, but slowly saw San Antonio pull away in the fourth quarter.
The Spurs rested their starters for the entire fourth quarter, which could be a huge advantage in a series that is expected to be a physical one between grind-it-out teams.
Kawhi Leonard, en route to 37 points, attempted more free throws (19) than Memphis had as a team (15). Grizzlies's Marc Gasol recorded his career playoff high with 32 points in the Game 1. The Spurs only had 12 points in the paint, but got two three-pointers from Parker and Green, in building their huge lead.
The Spurs took a 2-0 lead in their best of seven first round series in front of the home crowd at the AT&T Arena in San Antonio.
Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale is starting down his first 2-0 deficit as a head coach in the National Basketball Association. However, the wingman was 0 for 2 from downtown and Memphis needs his perimeter shot too. "I thought we got better as the game went on". Vince Carter was assessed a technical foul in the first half after attempting to head-butt Kyle Anderson. Marc Gasol, who had 25 points in the first half in the series opener on Saturday, scored only three points in the first half Monday on 1-of-8 shooting.
Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge has scored in double figures in all 12 playoff games with the Spurs.
San Antonio kept pouring it on in the second quarter and the Grizzlies had no answer, growing more frustrated with every empty possession.
Adding to Fizdale's consternation was the fact that Memphis rallied from a 26-point deficit in the second half and had an opportunity to win after a 29-point blowout in Game 1. "They had 11 shots in the paint and had 23 free throws", Fizdale said.
"They just took over the game", Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph told reporters. Let's take a look if you haven't already seen it.