The Memphis Grizzlies continue to fare well in their first home playoff game since 2006. They maintained a double-digit lead against the San Antonio Spurs for much of the second quarter and lead by a score of 52-42 at halftime in Game 3 of their first-round 2011 NBA Playoffs series.
The Grizzlies led by as many as 15 points midway through the second quarter, as their bench made its mark on the game. Backup point guard Greivis Vasquez fed Zach Randolph for a short jumper to give Memphis a 41-26 lead with 8:34 remaining. The Spurs rallied a bit, cutting the lead to eight at two separate points, but Randolph re-energized the crowd with a beautiful behind-the-back pass in the post to a cutting Tony Allen for a layup. Mike Conley then drove down the lane for a layup to push the lead back to 12 points with 5:07 remaining, leading to a San Antonio time out. The Spurs couldn't get any closer than 10 points the rest of the half.
The Grizzlies are completely dominating the Spurs on the inside. Randolph already has 14 points, scoring most of those in the second quarter. That came one quarter after center Marc Gasol dominated the first quarter. Gasol has 10 points in the game. Manu Ginobili has eight points to lead San Antonio.