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Spurs 102, Grizzlies 86

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to nine games Friday night with a 102-86 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. The Grizzlies' All-Star center, Marc Gasol, left the game with a knee injury.

Point guard Tony Parker led the Spurs (11-1) with 20 points. Center Tiago Splitter finished with 17 points, guard Manu Ginobili scored 15 and forward Kawhi Leonard had 12. The Spurs' bench outscored the Grizzlies' bench 45-18.

Although the Grizzlies (7-6) trailed by 14 at the half, they were tied as late as 3:24 in the third quarter at 61-61 and down just 74-72 at 9:17 in the fourth after a made free throw from power forward Zach Randolph. But they never drew closer despite a game-high 28 points from point guard Mike Conley.

Randolph had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Shooting guard Tony Allen scored 12 points and small forward Tayshaun Prince had 10. Gasol, who came in averaging 17.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists, limped to the locker room in the first half. The preliminary report was a left knee sprain and Gasol did not return and was to have an MRI on Saturday.

The Spurs swept the Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals and have now won 12 of the last 14 meetings between the regular and postseasons. Memphis had its four-game winning streak snapped after becoming the first team to sweep a four-game California road swing since the Spurs did it in April of 1995.

San Antonio led 51-37 at halftime and was shooting 57.5 percent (23 of 40) from the floor. The Grizzlies outscored the Spurs 28-20 in the third quarter and had the game tied at 59-59 and again at 61-61, before the Spurs finished the quarter on a 9-4 run for a 71-65 lead going into the fourth quarter.

NOTES: PF Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol combined for 43.8 points and 21.0 rebounds as the Grizzlies won all four games on a recent road trip, marking just the second time they swept a trip of four or more games. They beat the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. ... Grizzlies SG Tony Allen returned to action after being ejected early in the Nov. 18 game against the Clippers for a flagrant-2 foul when he jumped into the air and kicked a driving Chris Paul in the face. The league subsequently suspended Allen from a Nov. 20 game at Golden State. ... Spurs PG Tony Parker was averaging a team-high 31.2 minutes per game, PF Tim Duncan was at 28.2 mpg and G Manu Ginobili was at 24.2. "I know how many minutes I want them all to play and we're right on it," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

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