Parker carries Spurs back to finals

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The Spurs took control in the first quarter and answered each time the Grizzlies tried to make a run with either Popovich taking a timeout or Parker hitting another shot. Memphis got its best break of the first half when officials called a 5-second call on the Spurs inbounding the ball and Jerryd Bayless hit a 3 to pull the Grizzlies within 44-38 at halftime.

Gasol’s frustration spilled over in the third quarter as he headed to the bench for a timeout when he smacked the press table with both hands. He also went to his knees when officials blew their whistles after he snagged a rebound. Gasol said he would replay this game in his head once in bed, and he sounded ready to get back to work quickly.

“They taught us a lesson how to play at this stage this far into the season, this far into the playoffs,” Gasol said of the Spurs. “They taught us a lesson how to execute, how to play, how to read schemes. They taught us a lesson all around. I think we’re going to be better because we played against, to me, one of the greatest teams that’s been in the past 15 years.”

Notes: Parker’s previous best this postseason came in Game 3 when he had 32 points against Golden State in the semifinals. … Teams are now 108-0 when leading a series 3-0. … The Spurs now are 11-1 in closeout games since their last title in 2007. .. The Grizzlies had owner Robert Pera in the stands for only the second home game this season. … The Spurs missed their first eight 3-pointers before Green finally hit in the third quarter.

 

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