In a matchup NBA purest would have been waiting for, Ja Morant’s Memphis Grizzlies outdueled Dejounte Murray’s San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies led for almost the whole game and the closet it got down the stretch was when the Spurs tied it up with a few minutes to play in the fourth quarter. But from that point on Memphis regained control and halted the Spurs comeback attempt for an eight-point victory.
The Spurs started the game moving the ball on offense well which created a number of open looks from three out of it, some of which they converted. The Grizzlies though were crashing the offensive glass and were getting a number of second chance points out of it, something which became a theme throughout the game. The visiting team were pressuring the rim with pace which caused San Antonio to collapse into the paint which gave up open looks from the outside. The home team were starting to get carless on both ends of the floor as Memphis raced out to a double-digit lead. The Silver & Black did get two threes in the last minute which cut the lead to nine by quarters end.