While the young Memphis Grizzlies surprised most NBA fans by getting to the Western Conference Finals, it was the experience of the San Antonio Spurs that proved to be too much as the oldest team in the NBA has made it to another NBA Finals by sweeping the Grizzlies by a score of 93-86.
Even though game four of the series was close, it was never in doubt. Rarely did the Spurs lead by double digits, but they always seemed to have complete control of the game behind a stellar performance from point guard Tony Parker.
The Spurs came into tonights game with a 3-0 deficit on the road in Memphis. If Memphis was going to do the impossible and come back from a 3-0 series deficit, they were going to need a strong performance from big man Zach Randolph, something the Spurs have done a good job of eliminating this series.
Tonight was no different as Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter locked things down in the paint defensively for the Spurs. Duncan had eight rebounds and four blocks with Splitter chipping in four more blocks while holding Randolph to just 11 total points and and just eight rebounds.
The night belonged to Tony Parker as he was the main drive behind the Spurs game four victory. The point guard played 40 minutes, the most by any Spur, and led all players in scoring with 37 points. Parker had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter after getting hit in the eye by Marc Gasol but returned later and was on the court for the finish.
Parker was efficient in every aspect of the game. The 31 year old point guard was 15-21 from the field and was a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. He had four rebounds and six assists, as well.
Quincy Pondexter came off the bench and led the way for the Grizzlies with 22 points. Tony Allen and Zach Randolph both had eight rebounds and Mike Conley dished out 7 assists.
The Spurs did not show their age in this series by winning three out of the four games handily. The only close game was game three where it took some late game heroics to win that on the road.
Tonight, however, showed that the Spurs are the best team in the west as they sweep the Memphis Grizzlies on their way to an NBA Finals appearance. They’ll face the winner of the Indiana Pacers versus Miami Heat series which the Heat currently lead 2-1 with game four coming tomorrow night.
- Spurs sweep Grizzlies, reach NBA Finals (khou.com)
- San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Game 4 Score, Highlights and Analysis (bleacherreport.com)
- NBA Playoffs 2013, Spurs vs. Grizzlies Game 4: Tony Parker outshines all as San Antonio earns sweep, 93-86 (sbnation.com)