Memphis wins series 4-2 (Game 2 of 6)

Memphis wins series 4-2

Game 1: Sunday, April 17th
Game 2: Wednesday, April 20th
Game 3: Saturday, April 23rd
Game 4: Monday, April 25th
Game 5: Wednesday, April 27th
Game 6: Friday, April 29th

Grizzlies 87

(46-36, 16-25 away)

Spurs 93

(61-21, 36-5 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    8:30 PM ET, April 20, 2011

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 17 27 21 2287
    SA 17 24 25 2793

    Top Performers

    Mem: M. Gasol 12 Pts, 17 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 16 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Manu Ginobili returns as Spurs hold off Grizzlies to tie series

    Associated Press

    SAN ANTONIO -- Manu Ginobili felt rusty. He played with a bothersome, bulky black brace on his sprained right elbow and didn't shoot particularly well.

    But it was good enough.

    Making his playoff debut after top-seeded San Antonio dropped Game 1 without him, Ginobili scored 17 points and lifted the Spurs to a 93-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, evening the first-round series.

    "It was uncomfortable," Ginobili said of the brace, which he plans to continue wearing through this week and possibly beyond. "But I felt I did OK. I took some risk. I went for some steals and rebounds and it wasn't that I played worried about getting hit or something."

    That much was clear as the 33-year-old dived and crashed to the court, looking as physically reckless as usual. He stayed questionable until just before tipoff, yet even with Ginobili, the top-seeded Spurs didn't have it easy.

    The Grizzlies opened the series with a stunner for their first franchise playoff win. And a 2-0 lead seemed possible down to the final seconds, when Sam Young hit a 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left to cut the lead to 89-87.

    It was the closest Memphis had been since trailing by three midway through the fourth. But George Hill sealed the win at the free throw line, and the Spurs assured that the series will come back to San Antonio.

    Game 3 is Saturday in Memphis.

    "Manu's Manu, come on," Grizzlies forward Shane Battier said. "I don't care if he's in a body cast, he's going to be out there and he's going to be a handful to deal with. That's why he's a great player."

    Young led Memphis with 17 points.

    Tim Duncan had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, and Hill and Richard Jefferson added 16 apiece.

    But the Spurs didn't win this game without Ginobili.

    Exactly one week after spraining his right elbow in the regular-season finale, Ginobili finally returned after unsuccessfully lobbying Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to play in Game 1.

    Ginobili struggled with his shot, going 5 of 13 from the field, but got to the foul line 13 times. He had seven rebounds and four assists.

    "I haven't played in 10 days. It's not that much, but when you come from 80 games, playing every other game, I was a little rusty," Ginobili said. "Hopefully by the next one, I'll feel better. Used to wearing the thing [brace]. Truth is I didn't feel I was having a good offensive game."

    Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, who combined for 49 points in the opener, were far less dominant in Game 2. Randolph scored 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting and Gasol had 12 points, making just 2 of 9. Gasol had 17 rebounds.

    Duncan fouled out of the game in 35 minutes, a sign that the Spurs were far more physical this time around.

    "They clogged the paint up," Gasol said. "They came at us from the weak side every time. They said, 'Well, if you guys are going to beat us, you're going to beat us with something else.'"

    Tony Allen scored 15 points and Mike Conley had 13 for Memphis.

    "They did a great job of taking Zach Randolph out of the game, and we took a lot of jump shots," Allen said.

    Popovich said following the morning shootaround that since Ginobili's elbow was still sore, the decision came down to whether the ailing All-Star might hurt more than help.

    Fearing an 0-2 deficit, the Spurs decided a sore Ginobili was better than none at all.

    Despite the bulky brace on his non-shooting arm, Ginobili hardly played with caution. He crashed to the court at least a half-dozen times in the first half alone, charging to the basket with his signature recklessness, and diving for loose balls.

    Ginobili was physical enough to fluster Allen, who cursed back down court after getting tangled with Ginobili, then greeted Ginobili for some more words when he returned to the bench.

    Tony Parker added 12 points for the Spurs.

    Game notes

    Battier, whose wife gave birth to their daughter following Game 1 on Sunday, returned in time for the Game 2 after not practicing with the Grizzlies all week.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 93
    FGM-FGA 35-88 (.398) 32-73 (.438)
    3PM-3PA 3-14 (.214) 7-17 (.412)
    FTM-FTA 14-20 (.700) 22-32 (.688)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-47 10-48
    Assists 17 21
    Turnovers 15 19
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 7 8
    Fast Break Points 13 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 23 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 6 8

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Marc Gasol Gasol
    Points: 12
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 16
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3

    Research Notes

    In Game 1, the Spurs allowed the Grizzlies to have their way inside. On Wednesday, the Spurs reverted back to their regular-season form, limiting the Grizzlies at the rim.
    In Game 1, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph combined to shoot 9-for-11 and scored nearly 43 percent of their points on post-up plays, punishing the Spurs inside. However, in Game 2 the tandem managed to only make half of its shots from the post and combined to shoot 7-for-23 for the game.
    Manu Ginobili didn't wait long to get into the flow on Wednesday after missing Game 1, feeding Tim Duncan for a lay-up on the Spurs' first basket of the game. Ginobili's biggest impact came in the third quarter, where he scored five points, fueling a 9-0 Spurs' run that gave them an 8-point lead that they never surrendered.

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