Spurs rout Grizzlies 105-83 in West finals opener 

click to enlarge San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, drives to the basket as Memphis Grizzlies' Darrell Arthur, left, defends him during the second half in Game 1 of a Western Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 105-83. - ASSOCIATED PRESS
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  • San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, drives to the basket as Memphis Grizzlies' Darrell Arthur, left, defends him during the second half in Game 1 of a Western Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 105-83.

The San Antonio Spurs opened the Western Conference finals resembling the past champions who’ve been there so many times before.

The Memphis Grizzlies looked like the first-timers still trying to adapt to their first conference finals appearance.
Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and the Spurs struck first by beating Memphis 105-83 on Sunday.

San Antonio raced out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter, then came up with a response when Memphis rallied to get within six in the second half. Both teams pulled their starters with over 5 minutes left and the Spurs leading by 21.

“I can promise you this: Nobody’s happy in our locker room, because we were up 2-0 [in the West finals] last year and we lost,” Parker said. “It’s just one game. It means nothing. We still have a long way to go.”

The Spurs avoided a repeat of their Game 1 loss when the teams met two years ago in the first round. The Grizzlies went on to knock San Antonio out of the playoffs as the top seed that time.

Memphis has lost its opener in each round in this year’s playoffs, recovering from an 0-2 hole in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers and an 0-1 deficit against Oklahoma City in the West semifinals.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.

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