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Spurs, Hawks use defense to get 2-0 series edge

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Leonard too much for Barnes... twice! (0:30)

Kawhi Leonard proves to be too much for Matt Barnes on multiple occasions after attacking Barnes by the baseline and finishing with slams both times in the Spurs' win. (0:30)

The San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks used their defenses and neared franchise-best marks to convincingly grab 2-0 leads in their respective first-round series.

Hawks throw a block party

The Hawks limited the Celtics to 31.8 percent shooting from the floor. Elias Sports Bureau research shows that Atlanta's 15 blocked shots were its most ever in a playoff game. Al Horford blocked five of those shots, tied for his most ever in a playoff game, which he also did in 2010 and 2015.

Paul Millsap, despite shooting 1-of-12 from the field, chipped in with four blocks, one shy of his career playoff high, set in 2012 against the Spurs. The 72 points allowed by the Hawks are their fewest in a playoff game since they allowed 69 to the Pacers in 2013.

Spurs don't need Duncan in order to dominate

Tim Duncan was held without a made field goal for the first time in 243 career playoff games. That didn't much matter. The Spurs allowed 68 points, their fourth-fewest ever allowed in a playoff game (see chart below).

The Grizzlies' 68 points were a franchise-low for the postseason. They are 0-16 when scoring 86 points or fewer in the playoffs, with six of those games coming against San Antonio.

Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has been held in check, shooting 8-of-30 from the field through two games in the series. Twenty-nine of his 30 attempts have been contested by the Spurs.

Being up 2-0 is a huge advantage for both teams. Elias research shows that teams to go up 2-0 in a playoff series go on to win 94.1 percent of the time. ESPN's Basketball Power Index gives the Spurs an even better chance to win their series, at 99 percent. The Spurs and Hawks will both look to go up 3-0 on Friday, this time on the road. Both games can be seen on the ESPN family of networks.