Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs have waited six years for
another chance to compete in the NBA title game.
After capping a grinding Western Conference run with their second sweep of the
postseason, they're going to get that opportunity.
Tony Parker was the driving force behind a series clinching 93-86 victory, as
San Antonio punched its ticket to the NBA Finals by ousting the Memphis
Grizzlies in the Western Conference title set in four games.
Parker was sensational, pouring in a game-high 37 points while also handing
out six assists to get San Antonio back in the championship for the fifth time
in 15 years.
Tim Duncan checked in with 15 points, eight boards and four blocks and Manu
Ginobili registered six points, six boards and six assists to position the
Spurs four wins away from the franchise's fifth championship.
The veteran nucleus of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have been the mainstays of
San Antonio's dominance over the last decade, which has seen the club reach at
least the conference finals eight times.
Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich have been a part of all five of the
championship runs and will seek a fifth ring together, while Parker and
Ginobili will chase their fourth rings.
Memphis, the first team to be swept in a conference final in 10 years, played
from behind nearly the entire game.
The Sports Network