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Gasol, Mills lead balanced Spurs attack over Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge took a night off to rest, and the San Antonio Spurs replaced his 22.5-point average with a balanced attack.

Pau Gasol ended an assist short of a triple-double, Patty Mills scored 15 points and San Antonio beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-85 on Wednesday night, with eight Spurs finishing in double figures.

''We shared the ball, it was great ball movement, 29 assists, a lot of guys in double figures,'' said Gasol, who finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. ''When (Aldridge is) not in the lineup, we just try to maybe create more ball movement, more motion, more flow and then the offense balances itself out.''

Bryn Forbes and Danny Green also finished with 14 points each. Davis Bertans and Dejounte Murray each had 11 points. Memphis led only once in the game, after scoring the opening basket, and the Spurs led by 17 early in the fourth.

Memphis cut the advantage to single-digits only once the rest of the way, with about eight minutes left. The Spurs answered with the next six points, including four from Tony Parker to take the lead to 91-76 with about six minutes to go.

Memphis was playing short-handed with several players dealing with injuries and illness, meaning more playing time for the Grizzlies younger players. They got a firsthand look at the Spurs character.

''It's a clinic on how to play the game the right way,'' Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ''When you watch them play, it's amazing that it is so unique to our league. ... The ball moves, they move. Doesn't matter who shoots it, they just throw the ball to the open man.

''It sounds so simple, but it's the way the game is supposed to be played.''

Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Deyonta Davis added 12 points. Dillon Brooks finished with 10 points as the Grizzlies were hampered by 43 percent shooting, including 2 of 18 from outside the arc, and 18 turnovers.

''We weren't following the game plan,'' Brooks said. ''... We didn't compete hard enough on both ends. Very lackadaisical out there. Need to change that around.''

Spurs: Joffrey Lauvergne made his first four shots and finished with 10 points. His eight rebounds were a season high. ... Rudy Gay, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard also sat out for San Antonio, each dealing with long-term injuries. ... Bertans started his second game of the season. ... Pau Gasol is 17-10 in games against his younger brother Marc. ... Spurs are 28-1 when outshooting their opponents. ... Have won five straight against the Grizzlies.

Grizzlies: Ivan Rabb, a rookie out of California, made his first career start. His six rebounds were a career high. ... Saw their streak of five straight games with at least 10 3-pointers snapped. The two 3-ponters was a season low. ... Missed all 11 of their 3-pointers in the second half.

CHANGING OF THE GUARDS

Murray, who had a career-high seven assists, started his third straight game after replacing veteran Tony Parker in the lineup. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke highly of the way Parker handled the change.

''He was great,'' Popovich said of Parker. ''He thought it was good for the team, and giving Dejounte a chance to see what he could do. He was mature, and really made it easy on me to make a decision like that. He was fantastic.''

RISING STAR

Before the game, it was announced that Brooks, the Grizzlies rookie forward, was named to the Rising Stars World Team for All-Star weekend. Brooks is a native of Canada.

''It feels amazing,'' he said, later adding: ''It feels good to be recognized with all the best rookies.''

UP NEXT

Spurs: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

Grizzlies: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Lost ball turnover on Joffrey Lauvergne, stolen by Kobi Simmons 0:03
  Bad pass turnover on Andrew Harrison, stolen by Davis Bertans 0:13
+ 2 Darrun Hilliard made jump shot 0:30
  Defensive rebound by Joffrey Lauvergne 0:46
  Myke Henry missed jump shot 0:50
  Defensive rebound by Ivan Rabb 0:56
  Bryn Forbes missed floating jump shot 0:59
  Out of bounds turnover on Andrew Harrison 1:10
+ 1 Bryn Forbes made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:28
+ 1 Bryn Forbes made 1st of 2 free throws 1:28
  Shooting foul on Kobi Simmons 1:28
Team Stats
Points 108 85
Field Goals 38-82 (46.3%) 36-83 (43.4%)
3-Pointers 10-24 (41.7%) 2-18 (11.1%)
Free Throws 22-25 (88.0%) 11-14 (78.6%)
Total Rebounds 46 51
Offensive 11 9
Defensive 34 32
Team 1 10
Assists 29 19
Steals 9 7
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 13 17
Fouls 19 25
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 15 REB, 9 AST
18 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Spurs 32-18 22292631108
home team logo Grizzlies 17-30 2119242185
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 32-18 107.7 PPG 45.5 RPG 22.9 APG
home team logo Grizzlies 17-30 103.3 PPG 38.5 RPG 22.9 APG
Key Players
P. Mills PG 9.7 PPG 3.5 RPG 2.5 APG 41.1 FG%
M. Gasol C 16.8 PPG 9.3 RPG 3.9 APG 45.5 FG%
Top Scorers
P. Mills PG 15 PTS 0 REB 1 AST
M. Gasol C 18 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
46.3 FG% 43.4
41.7 3PT FG% 11.1
88.0 FT% 78.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Green 28 14 8 3 0 2 0 0 4/7 2/4 4/4 1 7 30 +24
P. Gasol 33 14 15 9 0 0 2 3 4/9 0/0 6/8 4 11 45 +16
D. Bertans 32 11 4 3 1 1 2 0 5/11 1/6 0/0 2 2 21 +16
D. Murray 24 11 4 7 0 0 1 3 4/9 1/1 2/2 1 3 28 +25
K. Anderson 27 5 3 1 4 2 1 3 2/7 1/2 0/0 1 2 15 +18
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Green 28 14 8 3 0 2 0 0 4/7 2/4 4/4 1 7 30 +24
P. Gasol 33 14 15 9 0 0 2 3 4/9 0/0 6/8 4 11 45 +16
D. Bertans 32 11 4 3 1 1 2 0 5/11 1/6 0/0 2 2 21 +16
D. Murray 24 11 4 7 0 0 1 3 4/9 1/1 2/2 1 3 28 +25
K. Anderson 27 5 3 1 4 2 1 3 2/7 1/2 0/0 1 2 15 +18
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Mills 23 15 0 1 2 0 2 2 5/10 3/7 2/2 0 0 17 0
B. Forbes 25 14 1 0 2 0 1 3 3/10 2/4 6/6 0 1 16 +7
T. Parker 21 12 1 4 0 0 2 4 5/12 0/0 2/3 0 1 19 -6
J. Lauvergne 18 10 8 1 0 1 1 1 5/6 0/0 0/0 2 6 20 +7
D. Hilliard 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +4
B. Paul 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 +4
L. Aldridge - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ginobili - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 108 45 29 9 6 13 19 38/82 10/24 22/25 11 34 213 +115
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 29 18 7 1 1 0 0 2 6/13 1/4 5/6 1 6 28 -22
D. Brooks 30 10 7 2 0 0 1 3 5/10 0/1 0/1 2 5 20 -22
A. Harrison 27 9 1 6 1 1 5 1 3/5 0/0 3/3 0 1 19 -22
I. Rabb 16 8 6 0 0 1 2 4 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 4 13 -3
W. Selden Jr. 27 4 0 2 0 0 2 4 1/9 1/4 1/2 0 0 6 -27
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 29 18 7 1 1 0 0 2 6/13 1/4 5/6 1 6 28 -22
D. Brooks 30 10 7 2 0 0 1 3 5/10 0/1 0/1 2 5 20 -22
A. Harrison 27 9 1 6 1 1 5 1 3/5 0/0 3/3 0 1 19 -22
I. Rabb 16 8 6 0 0 1 2 4 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 4 13 -3
W. Selden Jr. 27 4 0 2 0 0 2 4 1/9 1/4 1/2 0 0 6 -27
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Davis 20 12 5 0 0 0 1 3 6/10 0/0 0/0 3 2 16 -3
M. Chalmers 22 8 4 4 1 0 3 4 4/8 0/2 0/0 0 4 18 -9
B. McLemore 18 6 3 1 0 0 0 3 2/6 0/1 2/2 1 2 11 +3
K. Simmons 14 6 1 1 2 0 1 1 3/6 0/2 0/0 0 1 10 +2
B. Wright 11 4 4 1 0 0 1 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 4 9 -6
M. Henry 21 0 3 1 2 2 1 0 0/7 0/4 0/0 0 3 8 -6
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Ennis III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 85 41 19 7 4 17 25 36/83 2/18 11/14 9 32 158 -115