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NBA Game Summary - Memphis at San Antonio



(Wednesday, October 30th)

Final Score: San Antonio 101, Memphis 94

San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs began their journey to atone for last season's gut-wrenching NBA Finals defeat by beating a familiar foe.

Kawhi Leonard led a balanced Spurs attack with 14 points and seven rebounds as San Antonio downed the Memphis Grizzlies, 101-94, in the season opener for both teams and a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals.

San Antonio outscored the Grizzlies 30-7 in the second quarter Wednesday and led by as many as 21 before holding off Memphis in the fourth.

Spurs forward Tim Duncan left the contest early in the third with a chest contusion and did not return. He had three points and six rebounds.

"He had spasms in his shoulder and his neck. It looks like his chest is bruised. He caught an elbow, so it kind of affected from his chest up through his neck at some time or another," Spurs head coach Greg Popovich said.

Tony Parker, who had 13 points and nine assists, was one of six Spurs in double figures. Boris Diaw netted 14 points off the bench, Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills each put in 12 points off the pine and Tiago Splitter added 11 and eight rebounds for San Antonio, which swept the Grizzlies in the penultimate series.

Marc Gasol tallied 14 points and nine rebounds, Mike Conley added 14 points and seven assists and Tony Allen poured in 15 points for the Grizzlies, who went a franchise-best 56-26 in 2012-13 and advanced to the conference finals for the first time.

"We stopped moving the basketball and we tried to create our own shots," new Memphis head coach Dave Joerger said.

Memphis led 20-18 after a quarter of play, but the Spurs seized control with an elongated 22-0 run in the second after Quincy Pondexter nailed two free throws to begin the frame.

Mills hit three triples during the surge, which was capped on a Danny Green pull-up jumper to stake San Antonio a 40-22 spread with 4:37 to go in the stanza.

The Spurs took a 48-27 advantage into the break and led 72-58 heading into the fourth, where the Grizzlies used a 9-1 spurt to climb back in it as a Pondexter jumper pulled them within 80-75 with 7:08 left.

Later in the period, Gasol's layup with 4:09 on the clock got Memphis within 90-84, but the Spurs countered with an 11-2 swing to put the game away.

Leonard nailed a three and Diaw capped the run with a layup to make it 101-86 with less than two minutes to go.

Game Notes

San Antonio went 58-24 during the regular season last year ... The Spurs outscored Memphis in the paint, 50-40 ... San Antonio shot 52.6 percent from the floor.

10/31 01:20:40 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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