Parker took it upon himself to personally answer every run the Grizzlies could muster. He was masterful at knifing his way through the Grizzlies' normally-stout defense and made things difficult on their defenders as he led the way with 37 points, six assists and four rebounds.
The Grizzlies didn't lose for lack of effort, however.
Marc Gasol showcased his Defensive Player of the Year form when he forced Parker to turn the ball over inside the one-minute mark. After scoring the ensuing possession, the Grizzlies found themselves down just three points before sending Parker to the line, where he hit both to extend the lead to five with 29.7 seconds remaining. The Spurs never looked back as they completed the first sweep of the Western Conference Finals in 10 seasons.
Near the end of the fourth quarter, Parker exited the game after an apparent eye injury and jogged to the locker room before returning shortly thereafter to score on a 20-foot jumper to extend the lead eight points with just under four minutes remaining.
Quincy Pondexter led the way for the Grizzlies with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, a career playoff-high. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol each struggled as they added just 13 and 14 points apiece. Darrell Arthur gave the Memphis a lift off the bench and finished with eight points and six rebounds.
Memphis shot just 37 percent from the field to end the series without shooting over 40 percent for any game.
The first half was somewhat of an anomaly as the Grizzlies shot just 32 percent from the field, yet only ended up down by six. Gasol and Randolph were just 2-of-12 as the Spurs rendered them ineffective inside. Also of note was the disparity in free throw shooting. Memphis shot 12 free throws, making 10 of them, while the Spurs went to the line twice, going 2-of-2.
Parker had his way with the Grizzlies with dribble penetration, getting into the lane regularly in a trend that would continue throughout the game.
Memphis mitigated their poor shooting performance by winning the rebounding margin, 41-34. They did particularly well on the offensive glass and had 16 boards on that end to San Antonio's four. The Spurs had a whopping 52 points in the paint as they got everything they wanted from a shot selection standpoint.
The Spurs will go to their fifth NBA Finals and take on the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals. San Antonio has never lost in the Finals.