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Leonard leads Spurs past Grizzlies
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kawhi Leonard shot 12-of-13 from the field and matched a career-high with 26 points as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-92, on Sunday.
Manu Ginobili also scored 26 points for the Spurs, who had their 19-game winning streak snapped last time out with a loss in Oklahoma City. Tim Duncan donated 13 points in the triumph.
San Antonio's magic number to clinch the best record in the NBA is down to three.
James Johnson netted 20 points off the bench and Mike Conley finished with 18 points and six assists for Memphis, losers in four of their last six.
The Grizzlies fell into ninth place in the Western Conference standings, a half-game behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot. The Suns are currently doing battle with the Thunder.
San Antonio's defense was the story in the first quarter, as the reigning Western Conference champs held the Grizzlies to just 10 points on 5-of-22 shooting. Tony Parker, who played just nine minutes before leaving with back spasms, matched the visitors with 10 by himself on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor. The Spurs led 26-10 after one.
The Grizzlies got as close as six late in the second, but Ginobili countered with a 3-pointer and Cory Joseph's jumper restored a double-digit margin. It was 51-38 as the seconds trickled down, and Leonard stepped into a 3-ball and beat the buzzer for a 16-point halftime advantage.
Any hopes of a Memphis comeback went away early in the third quarter, as all five of the Spurs' second-half starters scored during a 17-9 spurt that spanned just over four minutes.
The lead never dipped back into single digits the rest of the way.
The Spurs shot 17-of-18 from the foul line ... San Antonio outrebounded Memphis, 40-37, while the Grizzlies grabbed 13 offensive boards compared to six for the Spurs.
04/06 21:37:33 ET
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