NBA Playoffs Sees Spurs Silence Grizzlies and Hawks Stymie Celtics
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs put together another lopsided win over the Memphis Grizzlies to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA's Western Conference quarterfinals.
Patty Mills led a balanced attack with 16 points off the bench as the Spurs rolled to a 94-68 pounding of the Grizzlies. Mills was 4-for-6 from 3-point range while playing just over 19 minutes. He was one of nine Spurs to score at least six points.
San Antonio's bench accounted for 56 of the team's points with the Spurs in control throughout most of the game. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs' starters with just 13 points.
Tony Allen had a team-high 12 points off the bench for the Grizzlies, who host Game 3 on Friday.
The Atlanta Hawks have a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals following an ugly victory against the cold-shooting Boston Celtics.
Al Horford and Kyle Korver scored 17 points apiece as the Hawks silenced the Celts 89-72. The Celtics shot just 3-for-23 in scoring seven points during the opening period, the fewest in the first quarter of a playoff game since the shot clock was instituted in 1954. The Hawks knocked down six 3-pointers while hitting nine of their first 13 shots. Atlanta led 24-7 before failing to score over the final 5:28 of the first period.
Isiaiah Thomas missed 11 of his 15 shots and still paced the Celtics with 16 points.
Game 3 is Friday in Boston.