Grizzlies finish off No. 1 seeded Spurs in 6 games | Inquirer Sports

Grizzlies finish off No. 1 seeded Spurs in 6 games

/ 02:45 PM April 30, 2011

MEMPHIS, Tennessee—Zach Randolph had 31 points and 11 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies advanced to their first Western Conference semifinals and made NBA history by eliminating the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs 99-91 on Friday.

Memphis had been the franchise best known for empty seats and the unenviable NBA mark for playoff futility at 0-12 after being swept in its first three appearances. This time, a third straight sellout crowd cheered every bucket with a couple signs begging the Grizzlies to “Finish Them” in a town in desperate need of a hero.

The Grizzlies needed 10 seasons, but they have become just that as only the second No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 seed since the NBA expanded the opening series to a best-of-seven.

They will play Oklahoma City in the semifinals.

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Marc Gasol had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis. Tony Allen added 11 points, and rookie Greivis Vasquez had 11 off the bench playing 24 minutes with Mike Conley in foul trouble most of the game.

Tony Parker led San Antonio with 23 points, Manu Ginobili had 16, Tim Duncan 12 and Antonio McDyess 10.

The Spurs led only twice at 2-0 and again at 80-79 when McDyess hit a 15-footer with 4:41 left.

That’s when Randolph, the man cast off and unwanted when he arrived in Memphis in the summer of 2009, took over and scored 17 of the Grizzlies’ 29 points in the fourth quarter.

He scored 10 of the next 14 for Memphis, with his hook putting Memphis ahead to stay at 81-80.

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