2011 NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies Gore Spurs, Take 3-1 Lead

2011-nba-playoffs-logoWhether the Memphis Grizzlies deliberately dropped their last two regular season games to face the Western Conference top-seed San Antonio Spurs instead of the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers is still open to speculation. What is clear, however, is that the Grizzlies are one game away from winning their first-ever playoff series after a surprisingly easy 104-86 victory over the Spurs in Game 4 of their first-round series in the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

Memphis outscored San Antonio 30-15 in the third quarter to break open a tight game, then cruised in the final period as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich raised the white flag early by pulling out his starters with still almost six minutes left in the game. Mike Conley led a balanced Memphis attack with 15 points and seven assists, while Darrell Arthur contributed 14 points off the bench.

The series returns to San Antonio on Wednesday, where the Spurs will try to avoid becoming only the sixth 60-win team to crash out of the playoffs in the first round. San Antonio won 61 games in the regular season to finish second only to Chicago for the best record in the NBA.

Other Results: Dallas Mavericks 93-82 Portland Trail Blazers (Dallas leads series 3-2); Denver Nuggets 104-101 Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC leads series 3-1).