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RECAP: Balanced Grizzlies complete two-game sweep of Spurs (UPDATED)

NBA rookie of the Year: Desmond Bane
Feb 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (22) shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Keita Bates-Diop (31) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Nine Memphis players scored in double figures as the Grizzlies romped past the host San Antonio Spurs 133-102 on Monday for their seventh consecutive win.

The runaway came two nights after the Grizzlies beat the Spurs 129-112 in San Antonio. On Monday, Memphis posted a season-high point total for the second straight contest, and the Grizzlies’ 37 assists were their most in a game this season.

The Grizzlies led by as many as 23 midway through the third quarter and never let San Antonio closer than 10 points the rest of the way before running away late.

Gorgui Dieng led Memphis with 19 points off the bench. Brandon Clarke scored 18, Kyle Anderson and De’Anthony Melton hit for 17 points apiece, Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant added 13 points each, Tyus Jones tallied 11 points and 14 assists, and Xavier Tillman and Desmond Bane scored 10 each. Tillman and Dieng had a team-best nine rebounds.

San Antonio’s Keldon Johnson paced all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge added 14 and 12 points, respectively, and Patty Mills scored 11 for the Spurs, who have lost two straight.

The Grizzlies started off on Monday the way they finished in Saturday’s dominating win over San Antonio, turning a 33-31 advantage after the first period into a 16-point lead at halftime via an 18-2 run through the middle of the second quarter.

Dieng led Memphis with 12 points in the first half, which ended with the Grizzlies up 69-53. The Grizzlies managed 36 points in the paint before the break.

Memphis outshot the Spurs 58.3 percent to 43.8 percent in the half and had only two turnovers.

Aldridge and DeRozan paced the Spurs with 12 points each at halftime, with Johnson adding 10 for San Antonio.

The Grizzlies poured it on early in the third quarter, running their lead out to 84-62 at the 7:16 mark of the period. However, San Antonio scored 16 of the game’s ensuing 20 points to pull within 10.

For the game, Memphis outshot San Antonio 55.9 percent to 41.6 percent.

–Field Level Media