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After loss to Grizzlies,Spurs face elimination

Mike Conley had 15 points and 7 assists to help the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies rout the San Antonio Spurs,104-86,on Monday night and grab a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Written by Associated Press | New Delhi |
April 27, 2011 3:01:50 am

Mike Conley had 15 points and 7 assists to help the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies rout the San Antonio Spurs,104-86,on Monday night and grab a commanding 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

The Grizzlies had already made franchise history by winning their first playoff game in Game 1,and now they have their first two home playoff wins. They are one victory from joining the 2007 Golden State Warriors as the only eighth seeds to knock off No. 1 seeds since the N.B.A. expanded to a best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Wednesday in San Antonio.

Darrell Arthur added 14 points off the bench for Memphis. Tony Allen had 12,and Zach Randolph and O. J. Mayo both had 11.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 points,but he also had seven turnovers. Manu Ginobili scored 14,but Tim Duncan was held to 6 on his 35th birthday.

The Spurs opened up energetically,shooting well and even taking their first halftime lead in this series. But they finished the game with their starters on the bench for the final 5 minutes 43 seconds,and now will try to avoid their second 4-1 opening series loss in three seasons.

Dallas avoid collapse

Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 25 points in the third quarter and host Dallas avoided another late collapse to take a 3-2 lead in its first-round series with a 93-82 win over Blazers. Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 20 rebounds — his most in a playoff game — and Jason Kidd had 14 assists for the Mavericks,who bounced back from blowing a 23-point lead over the final 14 minutes of Game 4.

Good news for Bulls

It would probably take a broken bone for Derrick Rose to miss a playoff game,so consider this good news for the Chicago Bulls: his sprained left ankle is just that — sprained. Rose plans to suit up for Game 5 on Tuesday when the Bulls try again to close out their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers.

“It’s not broken,so I’m definitely playing,” Rose said.

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