SAN ANTONIO -- The Spurs opened the Western Conference finals resembling the San Antonio teams that have been there so many times before. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies looked like first-timers still trying to adapt to their first conference finals appearance.
Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists and Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points yesterday as the Spurs beat Memphis, 105-83, in Game 1.
San Antonio raced to a 17-point lead in the first quarter, then responded when Memphis rallied to get within six in the second half. Both teams pulled their starters with more than five minutes left and the Spurs leading by 21.
"I can promise you this: Nobody's happy in our locker room, because we were up 2-0 [in the West finals] last year and we lost," Parker said. "It's just one game. It means nothing. We still have a long way to go."
The Grizzlies' Zach Randolph had only two points, getting his only basket with 9:26 left in the game. He had 28 points and 14 rebounds in his last game as Memphis eliminated defending West champ Oklahoma City in Game 5 on Wednesday night. "Obviously, he's their best scorer. He's a beast inside," Parker said. "We know he's not going to play like that every game. It's just sometimes it happens."
Memphis has lost its opener in each round in this year's playoffs, recovering from an 0-2 hole in the first round against the Clippers and an 0-1 deficit against the Thunder in the West semifinals.
"We just didn't play well. It's not anything specific," coach Lionel Hollins said. "It's just that we were running too fast, we missed some layups, we were taking bad shots and our defense was really awful. And the Spurs played well."