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White, Aldridge lead Spurs past Grizzlies, 108-88

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs could have been excused for a letdown two days after their most emotional victory of the season. Then again, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich gives no quarter and neither did his team.

Derrick White scored 19 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 and the Spurs overcame a sluggish start to beat Memphis 108-88 on Saturday night, handing the Grizzlies their fifth straight loss.

Popovich only offered a dismissive look when asked if he was worried about a letdown following the Spurs' 125-107 victory in Kawhi Leonard's return to San Antonio on Thursday. The frenzied environment that overwhelmed the Raptors was absent, but the Spurs energized themselves and the crowd.

''Definitely a different atmosphere,'' White said. ''We just had to bring it within the locker room. I think we kind of got off to a slow start, but we picked it up there and got the win.''

San Antonio won for the 12th time in 15 games and is 4 1/2 games out of first in the Western Conference after dropping to 14th in December.

Mike Conley had 21 points in 25 minutes for Memphis, which has dropped to 12th in the West. Jaren Jackson and Dillon Brooks, who added 15 points apiece, were the only other Grizzlies in double figures.

The Grizzlies outscored the Spurs 20-11 to start the fourth quarter, trimming a 24-point lead. Memphis pulled within 95-86 with 5 minutes remaining on Brooks' third 3-pointer, but San Antonio's starters reclaimed a double-digit lead.

''That's the NBA, it goes back and forth,'' Popovich said. ''Forty-eight minutes is a long time to play. You're going to have different periods. You've just got to hang in.''

The Spurs started the game 1 for 6 and did not collect their initial basket until more than two minutes into the game.

San Antonio got going following a timeout by Popovich, outscoring Memphis 19-10 to end the first quarter and then by 18 in the second to take a 64-44 lead at the half.

White had nine points in the first quarter and finished 8-for-9 shooting.

''He's been playing great lately,'' said Spurs reserve Jakob Poeltl, who had 11 points. ''Been doing a lot of things for us.''

The Grizzlies finished with 21 turnovers, which led to 26 points. Memphis entered the game averaging 13.6 turnovers.

''When you're playing a team that is this good, any time you lose or miss out on possessions with opportunities for shots, it's hard to overcome,'' Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ''For us, we're not a normally a high-turnover team, but they were active with their hands.''

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Justin Holiday scored two points in 20 minutes in his debut with Memphis after being acquired from Chicago in a trade Thursday for MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden. ... Conley was listed as probable with a sore left shoulder but was cleared to play before pregame workouts. ... Gasol played after testing a sore left hamstring prior to the game. ... The Grizzlies' season low for the second quarter is 11 points, which they were held to against Houston on Dec. 15.

Spurs: DeMar DeRozan, who had 12 points, became the sixth San Antonio player with 900-plus points through 40 games. He has 902 points, which is the third-most of his career through 40 games. ... Aldridge's five assists in the first half were the most he's had in any half with the Spurs. His career high for a half is six in 2014 while with Portland. ... The 20-point advantage entering the third was San Antonio's third-largest halftime lead this season. ... The Spurs outscored the Grizzlies by 18 points in the second quarter, which is their largest point differential in the second.

ROAD WORRIER

San Antonio opens a two-game road trip Monday at Detroit.

The Spurs know they must improve on the road, where they are 6-12 this season compared to a 17-5 record at home.

''We have to,'' Aldridge said. ''To be one of the elite teams in the league, you have to take it on the road. We've gotten better the last couple of trips. We just have to keep getting better every trip.''

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: At New Orleans on Monday night.

Spurs: At Detroit on Monday night.

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Key Players
M. Conley
11 PG
D. DeRozan
10 SG
35.1 Min. Per Game 35.1
22.8 Pts. Per Game 22.8
6.4 Ast. Per Game 6.4
6.1 Reb. Per Game 6.1
41.9 Field Goal % 47.4
41.7 Three Point % 47.7
84.8 Free Throw % 84.2
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:01
  Defensive rebound by Quincy Pondexter 0:23
  Jevon Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:25
+ 3 Patty Mills made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Quincy Pondexter 0:36
  Offensive foul on JaMychal Green 0:52
  Offensive foul on JaMychal Green 0:52
+ 1 Drew Eubanks made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:01
  Personal foul on Justin Holiday 1:01
  SA team rebound 1:01
  Dante Cunningham missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:01
  Defensive rebound by Patty Mills 1:17
Team Stats
Points 88 108
Field Goals 31-82 (37.8%) 36-73 (49.3%)
3-Pointers 11-28 (39.3%) 7-22 (31.8%)
Free Throws 15-19 (78.9%) 29-35 (82.9%)
Total Rebounds 48 50
Offensive 8 3
Defensive 34 40
Team 6 7
Assists 21 26
Steals 12 10
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 20 15
Fouls 29 19
Technicals 1 3
21 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
18 PTS, 2 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 18-21 2519222288
home team logo Spurs 23-17 27372420108
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 18-21 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Spurs 23-17 108.0 PPG 47.3 RPG 21.3 APG
Key Players
M. Conley PG PPG RPG APG FG%
D. White PG 23.0 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.3 APG 69.0 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Conley PG 21 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
D. White PG 19 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
37.8 FG% 49.3
39.3 3PT FG% 31.8
78.9 FT% 82.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Conley 21 1 3 7/12 3/5 4/4 3 25 0 0 1 1 0 -9 27
J. Jackson Jr. 15 7 1 5/8 1/3 4/5 3 33 4 0 2 2 5 0 26
G. Temple 7 2 2 3/11 1/4 0/0 2 29 1 0 4 0 2 -15 10
K. Anderson 7 4 3 3/6 0/0 1/2 2 28 2 2 1 0 4 -17 20
M. Gasol 6 11 6 2/9 0/2 2/2 2 25 1 1 4 2 9 -2 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Conley 21 1 3 7/12 3/5 4/4 3 25 0 0 1 1 0 -9 27
J. Jackson Jr. 15 7 1 5/8 1/3 4/5 3 33 4 0 2 2 5 0 26
G. Temple 7 2 2 3/11 1/4 0/0 2 29 1 0 4 0 2 -15 10
K. Anderson 7 4 3 3/6 0/0 1/2 2 28 2 2 1 0 4 -17 20
M. Gasol 6 11 6 2/9 0/2 2/2 2 25 1 1 4 2 9 -2 27
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Brooks 15 0 1 6/11 3/5 0/1 4 16 0 0 1 0 0 +1 16
J. Green 8 10 0 2/8 1/2 3/3 6 29 1 0 4 2 8 -22 15
J. Carter 6 3 3 2/8 2/5 0/0 4 22 3 0 2 0 3 -11 16
J. Holiday 2 2 2 1/7 0/2 0/0 2 20 0 0 0 1 1 -9 8
J. Noah 1 2 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 1 6 0 0 1 0 2 -13 2
I. Rabb 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mack - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Casspi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Stokes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Watanabe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 88 42 21 31/82 11/28 15/19 29 234 12 3 20 8 34 -100 167
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. White 19 4 0 8/9 1/1 2/2 3 27 1 1 2 1 3 -7 23
L. Aldridge 18 2 7 5/9 0/0 8/10 4 30 2 0 0 0 2 +6 36
D. DeRozan 12 9 4 3/10 0/0 6/7 2 34 1 0 5 1 8 +11 25
R. Gay 9 8 2 4/12 1/2 0/0 1 24 2 0 2 1 7 -1 21
B. Forbes 7 1 2 2/7 1/5 2/2 1 30 1 0 1 0 1 -1 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. White 19 4 0 8/9 1/1 2/2 3 27 1 1 2 1 3 -7 23
L. Aldridge 18 2 7 5/9 0/0 8/10 4 30 2 0 0 0 2 +6 36
D. DeRozan 12 9 4 3/10 0/0 6/7 2 34 1 0 5 1 8 +11 25
R. Gay 9 8 2 4/12 1/2 0/0 1 24 2 0 2 1 7 -1 21
B. Forbes 7 1 2 2/7 1/5 2/2 1 30 1 0 1 0 1 -1 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. Mills 15 2 4 5/6 3/4 2/3 0 23 1 0 2 0 2 +31 24
J. Poeltl 11 6 2 5/5 0/0 1/2 3 17 0 1 2 0 6 +14 20
M. Belinelli 9 4 1 2/6 0/3 5/5 3 19 0 0 1 0 4 +20 14
D. Bertans 4 5 2 1/5 1/5 1/2 2 21 2 1 0 0 5 +16 16
D. Cunningham 2 0 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 +1 4
D. Eubanks 2 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 +5 2
Q. Pondexter 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 +5 4
C. Metu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Murray - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Gasol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Walker IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 43 26 36/73 7/22 29/35 19 236 10 3 15 3 40 +100 201