The Silent Leader: Kawhi Leonard is Quietly Proving He's the Worthy MVP
23 Abril, 2017, 12:56
The visiting Raptors pulled level with Milwaukee at 2-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series, which continues Monday in Toronto.
Zach Randolph, the self-described blue collar forward in a blue collar town, always gives the Grizzlies whatever they need. "In the second half, I just said, 'Screw it, ' and let it fly".
Inspired by their raucous crowd, the Grizzlies beat the Spurs 105-94 Thursday night to trim San Antonio's lead in the first-round playoff series to 2-1.
The Spurs have dominated the postseason against Memphis, sweeping all three of the series San Antonio won with the exception of 2011. The Cavs took game 3 with the final score of 119-114 and James' triple double 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.
The Spurs, who still lead two games to one, saw their streak of 10 consecutive postseason wins over the Grizzlies end. Leonard tied it at 108 with 17 seconds left with a 3 from the left corner.
"It comes down to who will show up and fight to win a game", said Pacers coach Nate McMillan. The Spurs played the February 6 game, the team's first in their annual rodeo road trip, without Pau Gasol, Marc's older brother, and Leonard.
If the Bucks take this series, Game 3 might be seen as a development of an up-and-coming franchise in a town starving for basketball success. Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. The contest was very physical.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the game got away from San Antonio in the first minute of the third quarter.
Conley also had eight assists and nine rebounds.
Millsap also had 14 rebounds, while rookie Taurean Prince chipped in with 16 points.
Paul George scored 36 points, with 15 rebounds and nine assists for the Pacers, but was held to 13 points in the second half.
Game 4 is Saturday back at the Bradley Center. The 74 points was the most the Cavs ever allowed in one half of a playoff game.
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said it was fun with Randolph having so much success. "Those first, probably out of the first eight quarters, they just bullied us for like five and a half of those and you're not going to beat the Spurs letting them dictate everything". James said. "We just needed to get some stops and we got some momentum". "The guy's a superstar".
Not even an inspired Kawhi Leonard could stop the Memphis Grizzlies in the National Basketball Association playoffs, while the Golden State Warriors rallied to a win. But rookie Andrew Harrison raced down to block Mills' shot, and Gasol was fouled when he scored inside to tie it up. His free throw with 1:32 left put the Grizzlies up 103-102, then Conley hit a floater with 47.3 seconds left.