Aldridge, Gay lead San Antonio past Grizzlies, 95-78
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FILE - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 12: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Six of Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2016 Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr. /NBAE via Getty Images)
By Clay Bailey, Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points, Rudy Gay added 18 off the San Antonio bench and the Spurs extended Memphis’ losing streak to 10 with a 95-79 victory over the Grizzlies on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
San Antonio controlled most of the game, leading by as many as 25 in the fourth quarter. Memphis provided a more spirited effort in its second game under interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who took after David Fizdale was fired Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Manu Ginobili added 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Spurs, and Patty Mills had 10 points.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with 16 points and 13 rebounds, despite going 6-of-16 from the field, part of Memphis shooting 41 percent. Ben McLemore had a season-high 14 points, and Chandler Parsons had 12.
Memphis came out with more hustle and energy at the start than the overall tone of play during the losing streak. While the attitude was different, it didn’t offset the Spurs talent and depth.
San Antonio took the margin to as many as 14 in the half before carrying a 47-38 lead into the break.
They were still holding the advantage, leading 68-59 after three.
Spurs: Aldridge had a season-high 41 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). ... San Antonio shot 44 percent, and the Spurs are 15-0 when they outshoot an opponent.
Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons (right knee), Mario Chalmers (right ankle) and Brandan Wright (right groin), all of whom sat out Wednesday’s (Thursday, PHL time) game at San Antonio with injuries, played Friday (Saturday, PHL time). ... However, Wright experienced tightness in the groin during the first half and did not return. ... McLemore surpassed his season-high with 11 points in the first half.
BAD, BAD STRETCH
The 10-game losing streak is the longest for Memphis since losing 12 straight in January 2009. Memphis has not won a game since a road victory at Portland on Nov. 7 (Nov. 8, PHL time). The Grizzlies last home win was Oct. 28 over the Houston Rockets. “The guys are down about it, but what happens sometimes when you on these streaks is one punch and you just start thinking about [the struggles],” Bickerstaff said.
Injured Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard accompanied San Antonio to Memphis, but did not play. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before the game that Leonard, who hasn’t played this season because of a quadriceps injury, may return soon. “He’s getting closer all the time,” Popovich said. “He could be back sooner rather than later.” Leonard’s teammates are looking forward to his return and getting players back in their regular roles. Patty Mills is playing with the second unit since Parker’s return, and Kyle Anderson eventually will go back to the reserves when Leonard is healthy. “We’ve been playing together for a long time and we are used to each other,” Ginobili said.
Spurs: At Oklahoma City on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Grizzlies: At Cleveland on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).