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Spurs advance: San Antonio beats Grizzlies 103-96 in Game 6

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The San Antonio Spurs wanted no part of playing a seventh game against the Grizzlies, not with the Houston Rockets looming in the next round.

Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating Memphis 103-96 on Thursday night to take the series 4-2.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich congratulated Memphis on a great year, especially rookie coach David Fizdale.

''I'm seriously thrilled that we were able to get through that first round,'' Popovich said. ''That's the good news. The bad news is that now we have to go play Houston.''

The Spurs now have beaten Memphis four of the five playoff series between these teams, and this was San Antonio's second straight win over the Grizzlies in the first round. But this was the first time all season that the visiting team won.

''It's huge for us,'' Spurs guard Tony Parker said. ''Memphis, you have to give them a lot of credit. They played unbelievable. They're a great team, and they made it hard on us and so we didn't want to come back for Game 7. We treated this game as if it was Game 7. We wanted those days off before playing Houston because it's going to be a fast-paced game against them.''

Parker added 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds. San Antonio outrebounded Memphis 46-28, with 16 of those offensive boards. That led to 17 second-chance points.

Fizdale said rebounds, points in the paint and who pressured the best impacted each game in the series.

''I kept stressing that to our guys,'' Fizdale said. ''To their credit, (the Spurs) won it more games than we did. But it definitely wasn't from a lack of competition on our part. I can sleep at night knowing my guys battled and competed their tails off.''

The Spurs' semifinal with Houston will start Monday night in San Antonio.

Mike Conley scored 26 points, leading the five Memphis starters in double digits. Marc Gasol added 18.

The Grizzlies fell to 3-10 in elimination games, losing six straight.

This was a taut game with 16 ties and nine lead changes, especially with four ties in the fourth quarter.

The Spurs took control after the Grizzlies went up 88-81 on three free throws from Conley with 6:29 left. Then Leonard scored eight straight for San Antonio, starting a 22-8 run to finish the game.

''The guys were amazing in the fourth quarter,'' Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. ''Huge plays. Great defense too. So, happy to go back home with a win and win the series.''

Even with Conley and Gasol a combined 2 of 10 in the first quarter, the Grizzlies trailed only 24-22 after Conley knocked down a 3 at the end of the quarter for his first bucket of the game. Conley hit another 3 for the final shot in the second quarter, putting Memphis up 50-45. The team that led at halftime won each of the first five games.

Parker hit his first six shots before finally missing his seventh with 29 seconds left in the first half.

The Grizzlies took their biggest lead at 57-47 on a 3-pointer by James Ennis III. That gave Memphis as many made 3s (9 of 17) as the Spurs had attempted (3 of 9) at that point. Randolph's layup with 7:19 left matched that 10-point lead at 63-53.

Then the Spurs went on a 13-3 run over a 4-minute span to erase that lead on Aldridge's three-point play at 67-66. Aldridge finished with nine points in helping the Spurs lead 75-74 at the end of the quarter.

TIP-INS

Spurs: They improved to 36-15 with a chance to clinch a series under Popovich, who took over in the 1996-97 season. ... Ginobili converted a four-point play with 1:31 left in the third, putting the Spurs up 73-69. ... The Spurs wound up tying the Grizzlies' reserves with 16 points thanks to Mills.

Grizzlies: The Grizzlies set a franchise record hitting eight 3-pointers in the first half, topping the previous mark of seven in the second half May 1, 2005, against Phoenix. ... Conley has 20 or more points in five straight playoff games, the longest such streak in franchise history.

HE SAID IT

Popovich: ''I'm thrilled we were able to win because if we played 10 times, we each would probably win five.''

FREE THROW WATCH

Fizdale earned a $30,000 fine from the NBA for his ''Take that for data'' rant about the free throw discrepancy in Game 2. Well, Leonard was 9 of 10 at the free throw line through three quarters compared to the Grizzlies' 7 of 8. The Spurs were 18 of 20 through three quarters. The Spurs finished 22 of 25 compared to 20 of 24 for Memphis.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Danny Green 0:00
  Mike Conley missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
  Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol 0:13
  Danny Green missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:13
+ 1 Danny Green made 1st of 2 free throws 0:13
  Personal foul on Mike Conley 0:13
  Defensive rebound by Danny Green 0:13
  Zach Randolph missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:15
+ 2 Tony Parker made layup, assist by Kawhi Leonard 0:23
  Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard 0:29
  Mike Conley missed 3rd of 3 free throws 0:29
Team Stats
Points 103 96
Field Goals 37-77 (48.1%) 32-71 (45.1%)
3-Pointers 7-20 (35.0%) 12-27 (44.4%)
Free Throws 22-25 (88.0%) 20-24 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 51 35
Offensive 16 7
Defensive 30 21
Team 5 7
Assists 13 15
Steals 4 4
Blocks 0 1
Turnovers 12 11
Fouls 20 26
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
K. Leonard SF 2
29 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
home team logo
M. Conley PG 11
26 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo2 Spurs 4-2 24213028103
home team logo7 Grizzlies 2-42228242296
Team Stats
away team logoSpurs 4-2 97.0 PPG 51 RPG 23.5 APG
home team logoGrizzlies 2-4 107.0 PPG 42.5 RPG 19.5 APG
Key Players
K. Leonard SF PPG RPG APG FG%
M. Conley PG 18.5 PPG 3.5 RPG 5.0 APG 41.4 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Leonard SF 29 PTS 9 REB 4 AST
M. Conley PG 26 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
48.1 FG% 45.1
35.0 3PT FG% 44.4
88.0 FT% 83.3
Spurs
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 39 29 9 4 3 0 1 2 8/19 1/5 12/13 3 6 48 +15
T. Parker 31 27 2 4 0 0 1 0 11/14 1/2 4/4 1 1 36 +12
L. Aldridge 41 17 12 1 0 0 3 5 7/17 0/1 3/3 5 7 28 +6
D. Green 26 7 4 1 1 0 0 3 2/6 2/5 1/2 1 3 14 -2
D. Lee 26 7 6 1 0 0 1 2 3/4 0/0 1/2 3 3 14 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 39 29 9 4 3 0 1 2 8/19 1/5 12/13 3 6 48 +15
T. Parker 31 27 2 4 0 0 1 0 11/14 1/2 4/4 1 1 36 +12
L. Aldridge 41 17 12 1 0 0 3 5 7/17 0/1 3/3 5 7 28 +6
D. Green 26 7 4 1 1 0 0 3 2/6 2/5 1/2 1 3 14 -2
D. Lee 26 7 6 1 0 0 1 2 3/4 0/0 1/2 3 3 14 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Mills 21 10 1 1 0 0 1 2 4/6 2/3 0/0 0 1 12 +6
M. Ginobili 16 4 3 0 0 0 2 1 1/2 1/2 1/1 0 3 5 -1
D. Dedmon 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 1 4 0
D. Bertans 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 1 +2
J. Simmons 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 -8
P. Gasol 20 0 4 1 0 0 2 2 0/6 0/1 0/0 1 3 4 0
J. Anthony - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Murray - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Forbes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 103 46 13 4 0 12 20 37/77 7/20 22/25 16 30 167 +35
Grizzlies
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Conley 44 26 2 5 1 0 2 4 7/18 3/9 9/10 0 2 37 -6
M. Gasol 44 18 5 6 0 0 1 5 5/12 1/2 7/8 1 4 34 -7
Z. Randolph 38 13 11 0 0 1 2 3 6/14 0/1 1/3 3 8 23 +4
V. Carter 32 12 4 1 1 0 3 5 4/9 2/6 2/2 2 2 16 -11
J. Ennis III 28 11 3 1 1 0 1 3 4/7 3/4 0/0 1 2 16 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Conley 44 26 2 5 1 0 2 4 7/18 3/9 9/10 0 2 37 -6
M. Gasol 44 18 5 6 0 0 1 5 5/12 1/2 7/8 1 4 34 -7
Z. Randolph 38 13 11 0 0 1 2 3 6/14 0/1 1/3 3 8 23 +4
V. Carter 32 12 4 1 1 0 3 5 4/9 2/6 2/2 2 2 16 -11
J. Ennis III 28 11 3 1 1 0 1 3 4/7 3/4 0/0 1 2 16 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Harrison 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 2/2 0/0 0 0 6 -8
J. Green 13 5 1 0 0 0 2 4 2/5 0/2 1/1 0 1 4 -11
T. Daniels 21 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 10 +18
W. Selden 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +1
B. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 96 28 15 4 1 11 26 32/71 12/27 20/24 7 21 148 -35