Parker went about his work efficiently, scoring 12 points and recording six assists in the first half en route to 20 points and nine assists on 9-of-14 shooting for the day.
San Antonio's three-point shooting did the Grizzlies in, and there was little need for the big man rotation of Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw to score more than their combined nine points. The Spurs connected on 48.3 percent of their three-point attempts and shot 52.6 percent from the floor for the game.
Memphis' Zach Randolph scored two points and shot 1-for-8 from the field, while Marc Gasol and Mike Conley combined to shoot 12-of-28 from the field as Memphis shot 43.2 percent on the afternoon. Quincy Pondexter led Memphis with 17 points off the bench.
Randolph went scoreless in the first half as the Spurs built a lead by as many as 20 points. San Antonio did its best work in spacing the floor and drawing Memphis' perimeter defense into the paint on drives.
The result was a bevy of wide-open three-point opportunities.
The Spurs hit 6-of-13 triples in the first half and took a 51-37 lead to the locker room. They went steadily through the first half of the third quarter with a double-digit lead, but the Memphis bench led by Pondexter and Jerryd Bayless went on a 10-0 run to cut their deficit to 62-56 with less than four minutes to play in the quarter.
The single-digit deficit was short-lived.
Manu Ginobili answered in succession with a three-pointer, a trip to the foul line, an assist on a Matt Bonner three-pointer and then a drive to the hoop to help San Antonio finish the third on a 11-1 spurt over the last four minutes of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the storyline hardly deviated from the Spurs' continued domination. Randolph scored his first points on a tip-in with 9:30 left in the game after missing his first seven shots, but San Antonio blew the game open as the Memphis defense wilted.
Answering questions for Game 1
Can Tony Allen slow Tony Parker?: The answer to this question isn't all that clear. Conley started the day on Parker and Allen didn't get much time to break down the shifty Spurs point guard. As a whole, San Antonio rode Parker early and the offense opened up for other players like Ginobili to break down the defense on their own.
Who dominates pace?: The Spurs controlled the game from the start and finished off the Grizzlies with the same impressive ball movement in the fourth quarter. Their penetrate-and-kick game was deadly for the Grizzlies, who with their larger lineup struggled to switch on screens or chase San Antonio off the three-point stripe.
Who wins on the glass?: The relatively even rebounding totals didn't reflect who won the paint battle. San Antonio players continually found themselves in the paint, but they greedily kicked the ball back out for three-pointers rather than take the inside attempts. Tim Duncan scored just six points, and the Spurs were fine by losing the points-in-the-paint battle, 32-30.