Spurs Exit Playoff In First Round
All good things must come to an end.
Even if that good thing meant being the top seeded team in the West.
And even if that end meant a loss against the lowest seeded playoff contender.
The San Antonio Spurs lost to the No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies, 99-91 in Game 6 of their first round series. Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 31 points and 11 boards to clinch the franchise’s first ever playoff series win, at the expense of the No. 1 Spurs who had the best record in West entering the postseason with 61-21. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 points and only four assists.
Memphis became only the second eighth seeded squad to upset the top seeded team. Golden State was the most recent to upset the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in 2006. They’re set to face the OKC Thunder in the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Spurs had taken the lead at 4:40 mark, 80-79. But three consecutive field goals after a short timeout brought the Grizzlies back up 85-80. Memphis never relinquished the lead anymore. The 4-time defending champs were looking to stage a rare comeback from a 3-1 series deficit, after winning Game 5 at home courtesy of a Gary Neal 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime. The opportunity never came for the Spurs in Game 6, as the Grizzlies secured a comfortable lead down the stretch, tightening up their defense, and making the key shots and free throws down the wire.
The Spurs-Grizzlies series was the last of the first round series to wrap up. The teams for the conference semifinals for both the East and the West are finally in place.
The defending champs Los Angeles Lakers are facing the Dallas Mavericks for the first time since the 1988 postseason series. The OKC Thunder and Memphis will square off for the first time in the playoffs.
In the East, Chicago is set to tackle Atlanta, while the most-awaited match-up between Boston and Miami will tip off on Sunday.