NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, April 6th (All times Eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (45-31) at San Antonio Spurs (59-17), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs had their franchise-record 19-game winning streak stopped last time out and look to start another run before the playoffs Sunday versus the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Southwest champion Spurs dropped a 106-94 road decision to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday and it was their first loss since Feb. 21 at Phoenix. The 19-game run was tied for the fifth longest in NBA history.
San Antonio ranked first in the NBA in points (111.2), field goal percentage (49.5), 3-point field goal percentage (42.9), assist/turnover ratio (2.04), blocks (6.3), defensive rebounds (36.3) and point differential (16.8) during the winning streak.
In the loss to the Thunder, Patty Mills scored 21 points off the bench and both Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan netted 17 points. The Spurs shot 43 percent and lost for only the third time this season when leading at halftime. OKC had a 32-20 advantage in the third quarter.
"We never thought about the streak in the first place," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "To us it's just another game. We learn from every game whether we win it or lose it but it's got nothing to do with a streak."
The Thunder also scored 30 points on 19 San Antonio turnovers.
San Antonio will try to push its home winning streak to 14 games and has a 30-8 record in the Alamo City. It is also 3 1/2 games ahead of the Thunder for the Western Conference's top seed. Oklahoma City will visit the Suns Sunday.
Memphis is fighting to stay in the playoff hunt and is even with Phoenix for the eighth spot in the West -- just a half-game behind Dallas and two games in back of Golden State.
The Grizzlies had lost three of four games until posting a 100-92 victory versus the Denver Nuggets on Friday, when Marc Gasol led the way with 24 points and Mike Conley added 21. Zach Randolph registered a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who shot just 39 percent and were outrebounded 46-38.
"I thought we came out in the second half and played with a nice intensity," Memphis head coach Dave Joerger said. "We made shots. Zach (Randolph) and Marc (Gasol) and Mike (Conley) were big all in the second half."
Randolph has 44 double-doubles on the season and helped the Grizzlies to their 11th straight win at FedExForum.
Memphis is back on the road, where it has dropped three of four games and owns a 21-17 record this season. After visiting the Spurs, the Grizzlies will return home to host the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
The Grizzlies are 0-3 against San Antonio this season and have lost three straight and 11 of the last 15 games in this series. Memphis is winless in seven straight and 17 of 18 trips to the Alamo City.
04/06 10:34:21 ET