Spurs dominate Grizzlies to complete series sweep

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The Spurs defeated the Grizzlies 116-95 on Sunday, concluding a four-game series that was hardly competitive.

San Antonio's defense and playoff experience proved to be too much for Memphis to overcome. Here’s a look at what made the Spurs’ series win so impressive.

Complete domination

The Spurs' scoring differential was plus-88, which marks the third-largest scoring differential in a four-game series in NBA postseason history. The largest was a plus-101 differential by the 2010 Magic against the Hawks, followed by a plus-89 by the 2001 Lakers against the Spurs.

The Spurs had two goals: end the series quickly and do it without logging heavy minutes. They did just that; San Antonio’s starters averaged fewer than 25 minutes per game against Memphis, the fewest minutes per game by starters that a Gregg Popovich team has had in the first round.

The Spurs had the Grizzlies' number the entire season, going a perfect 8-0 against Memphis. They became the fifth team over the past 20 years go to 8-0 against an opponent in a single season.

Changing of the guard?

Tim Duncan scored fewer than 10 points in all four games of the series, for an average of 5.8 points per game. It was by far the lowest scoring series of his career. His previous low was 12.7 points per game in the first round in 2011.

The series was a perfect microcosm for the Spurs' shift into a new era. Kawhi Leonard averaged more points per game (21.5) than he ever has in a playoff series.

Playoff trends

This was the ninth time a Popovich team has swept a best-of-seven series, breaking a tie with Phil Jackson for the most by any head coach in NBA history.

Sunday was Duncan’s 245th career playoff game, which broke a tie with Robert Horry for second-most in NBA history. Derek Fisher holds the record with 259.

Looking ahead

There is a 99 percent chance the Spurs will meet the Thunder in the next round. BPI gives San Antonio a 73 percent chance to win a series against Oklahoma City.