Basketball: San Antonio Spurs advance in NBA playoffs

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol. Photo / AP
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol. Photo / AP

Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-96 to take the series 4-2.

The Spurs now have beaten Memphis four of the five playoff series between these teams, and this was San Antonio's second straight win over the Grizzlies in the first round.

Tony Parker added 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Patty Mills had 10 points off the bench for the Spurs. San Antonio outrebounded Memphis 46-28, with 16 of those offensive boards. That led to 17 second-chance points.

Their conference semifinal series with Houston will start Tuesday in San Antonio.

Mike Conley scored 26 points, leading the five Memphis starters in double digits. Marc Gasol added 18, Zach Randolph 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Vince Carter had 12 points.

- AP

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