Grizzlies take 3-1 lead vs Spurs
THE MEMPHIS Grizzlies moved within a game of clinching a spot in the Western Conference semifinals and completing one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoffs history on Monday.
A huge third quarter and superb bench production led to a 104-86 victory for the eighth seeded Grizzlies and gave them an unlikely 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 15 points, two rebounds and seven assists while Darrel Arthur contributed 14 points in just 17 minutes off the bench.
The Spurs looked tentative in the third quarter and were outscored, 15-30. The Grizzlies never looked back from there.
Tony Parker tried to carry the Spurs, finishing with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting. But fellow all-stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili struggled from field for most of the game.
Duncan was held to six points while Ginobili went 5-of-13 for 14 points. Noli Cruz