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Grizz ‘repeat’ in Game 4 romp

Another sold-out crowd! Another pre-game party! Towels twirling! And the Grizzlies won, again. Another sold-out crowd! Another pre-game party! Towels twirling!


Tim Duncan and the Spurs could not match the hustle of Shane Battier and the Grizz. (Photos by Warren Roseborough)


Darrell Arthur was a serious force off the Grizz bench, turning the Spurs’ Tiago Splitter into a poster figure on this dunk. (Photo by Warren Roseborough)


The Grizz defense ruled in Game 5.

And the Grizzlies won, again.

In Game 4 in Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs, the Memphis Grizzlies grabbed a 3-1 advantage over the San Antonio Spurs after winning 104-86 on Monday (April 25) at the FedExForum.

The Grizzlies have pushed elimination into view for the Western Conference top-seeded Spurs. One more win and the Grizz would advance to Round 2 for the first time in franchise history. Game 5 is Wednesday in San Antonio.

They got steals, dove for loose balls, blocked shots and played one of their most disciplined games despite being outscored in the paint (46-42). The Grizzlies forced the Spurs into 17 turnovers.

The Spurs started with a high-level of intensity but it seemed as if an energy plug was pulled in the third quarter. Spurs Guard Tony acknowledged the third quarter switch of momentum.

“Nothing changed,” Parker said. “They just jumped at us and picked up the intensity. They were more physical. The third quarter was just weird. They were making shots, and we weren’t making shots, and we had a couple of turnovers that really hurt us.”

Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said his team only played half the game.

“An NBA game is 48 minutes and I thought Memphis did a great job with sustaining their aggression, their physicality, their pace for 48 (minutes) and we played 24,” Popovich said. “That’s the difference.”

Grizz Head Coach Lionel Hollins was asked if he thought the Grizzlies were the better team going into the series.

“We thought we could compete,” Hollins said. “They’re the better team. They won 61 games, and we won 46 games. Their record all year long said they were the better team. As I’ve always said, it doesn’t matter who is the better team during the regular season. When you get to the playoffs, each series you have to be the better team.’

The Grizz haven’t accomplished anything yet, said Hollins.

“We made a little noise and got everyone excited, but we still have to win one more game.”

Celebrating his 35th birthday, Spurs Forward Tim Duncan was held to only six points.

Grizz Guard O.J. Mayo said going into the next game maintaining the same discipline would be the focus.

“We understand now what’s needed and we understand the discipline that it’s going to take,” Mayo said. “We have to maintain that level of intensity.”

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