LOS ANGELES, USA – Kawhi Leonard equalled his career playoff high with 32 points as the San Antonio Spurs seized control in the third quarter en route to a 111-82 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, April 15 (Sunday Manila time) in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference series.
The Spurs led 74-64 with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter but closed the quarter on a 10-0 run. The Spurs added the first 9 points of the fourth quarter to compile 93-64 lead.
Leonard seized control in the third quarter, pumping in 15 points – the same amount as the entire Memphis team – before sitting out the fourth with the game already in hand.
The Spurs are making their 20th straight post-season appearance, tied for third all-time.
Game two of the best-of-7 series is Monday in San Antonio.
Johnson strikes final blow
In Los Angeles, Joe Johnson hit the clutch winner as time expired, lifting the Utah Jazz to a 97-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.
Jazz star center Rudy Gobert went down clutching his left knee less than 20 seconds into the contest after bumping knees with Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute.
Gobert, who had to be helped off the court and carried into the locker room, is expected to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan Saturday night to determine the severity of the injury. – Rappler.com