Grizzlies go past Leonard-less Spurs

February 08, 2017
Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (left), goes up for a basket as Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry (centre), and forward Dirk Nowitzki, of Germany, defend in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday in Denver. The Nuggets won 110-87. (AP Photo)
Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson (left), and Chicago Bulls centre Robin Lopez scramble for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday in Sacramento. The Bulls won 112-107. (AP Photo)


The Grizzlies' stout defence took advantage of Kawhi Leonard's absence and held the San Antonio Spurs to their lowest-scoring night of the season.

Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph scored 15 points each to lead Memphis over the Spurs 89-74 on Monday. San Antonio was limited to 37 per cent shooting overall and 21 per cent from outside the arc both are season-lows for San Antonio.

The Spurs had just nine points in the fourth quarter, converting only three field goals and allowing Memphis to pull away.

Mike Conley had 12 points and nine assists for Memphis, which won its second straight and fifth in its last six.

The game was close until Memphis stretched the margin to double digits just past the midway point of the fourth quarter and maintained the cushion the rest of the way.

The Spurs ended a three-game winning streak and suffered through the absence of Leonard, a late scratch with a quad contusion. Leonard averages 25.3 points a game, 11th best in the league.

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