Manu Ginobili scored 24 as the San Antonio Spurs beat the sloppy Memphis Grizzlies to open the season.
The San Antonio Spurs began their season avenging their last losses of the 2010-11 season, taking down the visiting Memphis Grizzlies 95-82. Memphis' offense was awful -- that should go without saying, given the point total -- with the Grizzlies coughing up 24 turnovers in 96 possessions and hitting just three three-pointers (the latter of which is fairly normal for this club). The turnover problem was widespread. Six Grizzlies, including all five starters, had at least three turnovers in the game. Excepting Marc Gasol (5-6), the Grizzlies' starting five, usually the bedrock of this team, shot 16-40 from the floor.
San Antonio got a vintage performance from Manu Ginobili, who struggled with injury during last April's playoff series between these teams. Manu scored 24 points on 7-15 shooting. San Antonio only turned the ball over 13 times, essentially giving the Spurs 11 extra shooting possessions. It's difficult to lose when you have so many additional opportunities to get the ball up.