Spurs hold off Grizzlies in possible playoff preview

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 4: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the game on April 4, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)

Highlights:

The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies will meet in the NBA Playoffs for the second consecutive year and if Wednesday is any indication, it will be a battle.

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points as he led the Spurs to a 95-89 win over the Grizzlies in their final meeting of the regular season at the AT&T Center.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 15, while Tony Parker and Patty Mills each added 15 for San Antonio, who started a rare home-and-home back to back.

”They pack the paint, they don’t want you getting any easy layups,” Leonard said of the tough Memphis defense. ”They make you shoot 3s, very physical. They get their hands on a lot of balls.”

San Antonio forced overtime with a Leonard jumper and a Pau Gasol lob to LaMarcus Aldridge would deal the win for the Spurs.

The Grizzlies were led by Mike Conley’s 19 points, but left after a collision with Leonard in the fourth quarter. He did not return. Zach Randolph chipped in 18 points for Memphis in the loss.

The Spurs are now 60-17 on the season and will return to the court tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. to face the LA Lakers at the AT&T Center.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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