Sparked by a 14-0 run to start the second half, the Grizzlies ran the San Antonio Spurs out of the Memphis Grindhouse 104-86 to take a 3-1 series lead and come that much closer to winning their first playoff series in franchise history.
Offensively, the Grizzlies earned the win in an unexpected manner. Points in the paint, a Grizzlies staple strength, belonged to the Spurs for three quarters. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph were effective, but not allowed to dominate – yet the Grizzlies still manhandled the Spurs on the backs of strong efforts off the bench from Shane Battier, O.J. Mayo, Greivis Vasquez and Darrell Arthur. The late big lead allowed for the entire team to play, and every Grizzly except Hamed Haddadi scored points.
The second half effort was even more amazing when considering that the Grizzlies trailed at the end of both the first and second quarters.
FedExForum, aka the Grindhouse, was again packed with the Grizzlies’ sixth sellout of the season. While the crowd was subdued early compared to Saturday, volume was again at 11 as the Grizz closed out the game in blowout fashion.
Photos by Chase Gustafson.