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San Antonio at Memphis, Final Score: Spurs control Grizzlies, 103-83

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The Spurs' defense prevails once again in another blowout against Memphis.

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The Grizzlies opened up the game with a Spurs-like weave for an easy lay-up. Memphis then jumped up to a 9-2 lead when the Spurs missed five of their first six shots, which led to a SA time-out. The Grizzlies were visibly focused on defense, but the Spurs also just couldn't get their good looks to fall early on. Manu Ginobili came in halfway through the first in an attempt to get things going offensively, but it wasn't until the full second unit came in that the Spurs made any sort of run, and the Spurs went into the second quarter down one.

The lid stayed on the rim for the Spurs to start the second until Ginobili nailed a long triple to give SA a two point lead. He had nine points in nine minutes. The starting unit returned and looked much more focused, moving the ball and knocking down shots. LaMarcus Aldridge struggled offensively, and didn't earn his first point until he went 1-for-2 on a pair of free throws late in the second quarter. He went 0-for-6 from the field in the first half.

It wasn't the most beautiful half, but a classic Tony Parker drive in the last seconds of the quarter gave the Spurs a nine point lead going into the locker room, 46-35. Parker led all scorers with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and was the only Spur in double figures in the half.

Kawhi Leonard, who's shooting over 47% from behind the arc on the season, drained two threes to begin the third quarter that put the Spurs up 15 and caused a quick Grizzlies time-out. Memphis made a 7-0 run out of it, though, which forced the Spurs to use up a time-out of their own. Aldridge was finally able to get going offensively with four straight field goals halfway through the third, which was part of a 17-6 run that extended the Spurs' lead up to 19. Aldridge found a groove and Kawhi couldn't seem to miss. SA hit eight consecutive to end the quarter and went into the fourth with a 74-57 lead.

Kawhi combusted into the flames and hit three more triples to begin the fourth and gave the Spurs a commanding 22 point lead, and at that point the game was out of reach for the Grizzles. Kawhi finished with 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting, converting on seven of his nine attempts from downtown.

Suffocating defense prevails once again. Spurs win 103-83 and improve to 15-4 on the season.