Randolph struggles, Grizzlies routed in Game 1

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm •  Published: May 19, 2013
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have lost the opener in each round of this year's playoffs, but not like this.

Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists, and the San Antonio Spurs made a franchise postseason-record 14 3-pointers in routing Memphis 105-83 on Sunday in the Western Conference finals.

As disconcerting as the blowout loss was, Zach Randolph's performance was just as troubling. Randolph was held to two points, going 1 for 8 from the field in 28 minutes.

"I've got to be better," Randolph said. "Like I told my teammates, I've got to be better for them."

He had a playoff-best 28 points and 14 rebounds in his last game, as Memphis eliminated defending West champ Oklahoma City in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

Randolph missed his first seven shots Sunday, including an open 2-foot jumper midway through the third quarter after he created space by pushing Tim Duncan under the rim. Randolph shook his head after the missed attempt.

"Obviously, he's their best scorer. He's a beast inside," Parker said. "We know he's not going to play like that every game. It just sometimes it happens."

Duncan primarily defended Randolph, matching the burly forward's physicality, push for push and elbow for elbow.

"They did a great job of storming," Grizzlies guard Tony Allen said. "They forced him into a front position and the bigs were coming from the baseline hard. It just caught him by surprise, but I'm pretty sure he is going to bounce back in the second game and we will."

Randolph's first basket did not come until there was 9:26 left in the game on a tip-in of Mike Conley's missed layup.

"They were disrupting my rhythm," Randolph said. "It was just one of those nights."

He was so shaken by his season-low in points that he apologized after the game.

"He tried to apologize, but we would not accept that," point guard Mike Conley said. "It is not just him, it is all of us. He was telling us that he is going to do better, but we all have to do better defensively."

The NBA's stingiest defense wasn't up to its usual standards, allowing the Spurs to hit 53 percent of their shots and go 14 for 29 on 3-pointers.

"We shot incredibly," San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili said. "Making 14 3s against one of the best defensive teams in the league is not easy to do. It shows that we moved the ball very well. We attacked. We made the big ones.

"Kawhi (Leonard) and Danny (Green) were fantastic and, of course, Matt (Bonner) in the first half. When you are making shots like that, everything opens up and makes the game easier."

Memphis got back into the game with Randolph watching from the bench.

Quincy Pondexter made a baseline cut for a layup off Darrell Arthur's pass, then hit back-to-back 3-pointers during a 10-0 burst. Jerryd Bayless' two-handed, fast-break dunk off a steal got the Grizzlies within 62-56 with 3:43 left in the third quarter.

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