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SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker converted all four of his shots in the first quarter, staking his team to a 16-point lead against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Then he left the Spurs to fend for themselves, gone for the night with back spasms. They did just fine without him.

Forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Manu Ginobili scored 26 points apiece and the Spurs beat Memphis 112-92 to complete a sweep of the four-game season series against a possible first-round NBA Western Conference playoff opponent.

San Antonio (60-17) began the night with the best record in the conference -- and the league -- while Memphis (45-32) was eighth in the West.

Leonard matched a career-best with his 26 points. He hit 12 of 13 shots, including both of his 3-point attempts. He also dished out five assists. Ginobili converted 8 of 11 shots, including 4 of 6 3-pointers.

Forward James Johnson led Memphis with a season-high 20 points, hitting 7 of 11 shots. Guard Mike Conley scored 18.

Memphis scored just 10 points in the first quarter -- and trailed by 16 -- but that was not a low mark for the season. The Grizzlies produced seven points in the second quarter, also at San Antonio, on Oct. 30.

With Parker gone, Leonard and Ginobili made sure the Spurs maintained their edge.

Leonard converted all seven of his shots in the first half, scoring 15 points, including 11 in the second quarter. His 27-foot 3-pointer just ahead of the buzzer gave San Antonio a 54-38 halftime lead.

Ginobili also scored 11 points in the second quarter, and 13 for the half, enabling San Antonio to take a 54-38 lead to the locker room. Ginobili hit three 3-point baskets in the second quarter.

Conley made sure the Grizzlies didn't get completely buried by halftime, scoring 13 points. He averaged 24 points in the three previous games this season against San Antonio.

NOTES: Memphis F Tayshaun Prince, who averages six points and three rebounds, missed the game due to a sprained left ankle. ... Spurs reserve F/C Aron Baynes missed his fourth consecutive game with a rib injury. ... Memphis, in a tight race to make the Western Conference playoffs, has its next two games at home, where the Grizzlies have won 11 straight. The Grizzlies play host to the Miami Heat on Wednesday and the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. ... Coach Gregg Popovich on his game plan as the Spurs prepare for the playoffs: "You don't want to over-play guys, so I'm probably not gonna play somebody 42 minutes to win a game. That probably wouldn't be wise. At the same time, you don't want to win every game by 20 and have guys play 22 minutes. So I'd rather have more competitive games. Win a few, lose a few and be sharper and have them in good shape."
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