Apr 22, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles as Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (9) defends in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite lopsided wins by San Antonio in the first two games of the Western Conference opening-round playoff series against the injury depleted Memphis Grizzlies, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili knew Friday night would be different.Leonard scored 32 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 for the Spurs, who can clinch the best-of-seven series with a win Sunday, also at FedExForum.After being dominated by the Spurs in the first two games of the series -- losses of 32 and 26 points in San Antonio -- the Grizzlies competed from the outset.A JaMychal Green layup, off an alley-oop pass from Xavier Munford, gave the Grizzlies a 73-70 lead to start the final quarter, but the Spurs recovered. Memphis outrebounded the Spurs, 48-39, but shot only 41.5 percent.After being held to 11 first-quarter points in Game 2, the Grizzlies scored 18 in the opening quarter and trailed by eight entering the second.The Spurs were unable to pull away in the final seven minutes of quarter and the Grizzlies briefly took lead -- all of 16 seconds -- on two free throws by Barnes with 3:05 to go.
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