Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Leonard's 37 points lead Spurs by Grizzlies 96-82

Leonard's 37 points lead Spurs by Grizzlies 96-82

Third-seeded Toronto was overwhelmed by Giannis Antetokounmpo's 28 points and blown out 97-83 by Milwaukee, while the No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers were edged 97-95 by Utah on Joe Johnson's basket as time expired. National Basketball Association rules prohibit public criticism of game officials.

Conley hit the first shot of the 4th, a three to get the Spurs lead to 8, single digits for the first time since late in the first. We controlled the rebounds. I'm not going to let them treat us this way. "We've gotta take care of the basketball".

The 7-foot Nurkic spoke before Portland's practice in San Francisco, saying he's not yet ready to return following a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg that sidelined him the final seven regular-season games.

While Popovich acknowledged the Spurs could have a letdown, he quickly downplayed that possibility. "I don't like sitting out", Smith said. It's the same with Memphis.

"We can play better and we will play better", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

It just got a lot harder.

Spurs guard Patty Mills talked about the importance of playing with "appropriate fear".

Despite losing the opener, Pacers coach Nate McMillian insisted his team hadn't lost any confidence.

"Having those guys is a great luxury because every night two of the three should play well", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "You kind of throw everything out there and leave everything on the line regardless". Memphis was simply not getting anywhere near as many foul calls, whether because the Spurs made little fouls, or because the refs dropped the ball. My guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game. The Spurs lead the series 2-0 heading into Game 3 on Thursday night in Memphis.

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Unlike Game 1, there was no coming back from that deficit for Memphis. George has made at least one 3-pointer in 19 consecutive playoff games. A furious Fizdale complained that the officiating crew had unfairly skewed the free-throw count against his players.

"We believe", he said. They did not even give us a chance.

"They're already a physical team". Hats off to them, they played well.

We recently asked you to support our journalism. It didn't help Memphis that they were struggling to get to the line while the Spurs were racking up free throws. With Memphis so far behind, Fizdale sat Gasol for the entire fourth quarter. The Spurs only had 12 points in the paint, but got two 3-pointers from Parker and Danny Green, in building a 26-point lead in the first half. And his players have his back. It's all about money but I will still do my best to offer you the best LEGAL way to watch your favorite team. "It's not my first time playing against these guys".

If you know anything about the Spurs, you know they're battle tested. Have to grind it out.

Fizdale surely has a fine headed his way. Their first opponent in Round 1 of the playoffs is the San Antonio Spurs. "They're very, very good at it". Vince Carter was assessed a technical foul in the first half after attempting to head-butt Kyle Anderson.

Fizdale, an assistant on Miami's title teams in 2012 and 2013, came to a boil before he could get to his postgame glass of wine. Of course, he also caught with his former teammates. "He looks all nice and relaxed over there, and we are stressing out about the game plan". "It hurt because there's a little scratch inside the eye, but not a big deal." .

NEED TO KNOW: James has won 19 straight opening-round games.

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