Kawhi Leonard and DeJuan Blair had six points each to help the San Antonio Spurs take a five-point lead 24-19, over the Memphis Grizzlies after the first quarter.
The Spurs then scored the first six points of the second quarter en route to a 9-2 spurt and capitalized on a 21-8 surge in the middle of the first half to take a double digit lead 45-35 at halftime.
Without their leading scorer Zach Randolph, Memphis has had little inside presence against the Spurs and looked like a different team from the one that eliminated the Spurs last season.
During the second half, San Antonio never let up.
Some of the keys to this victory was the Spurs’ controlling the boards, sharing the ball better and their defense on Memphis’ Rudy Gay.
The Spurs simply out-rebounded and out-dished the Grizzlies.
San Antonio had a 46-37 edge on the board and 23-10 on assists including a game-high 12 dimes from Tony Parker.
Gay was limited to just 1-point in 35 minutes of action going 0-of-7 from the field.
Matt Bonner scored 15 points, going 5-of-9 from behind the arc, and Tim Duncan added 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks as the Spurs sent the Grizzlies their fourth straight loss with a 83-73 victory on Monday night.
With the win, the Spurs improved their record to 13-9 which is currently 2nd in Southwest division and 6th in the West.
Leonard had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs for his second double-double of the season, Richard Jefferson scored 13 points, Danny Green finished with 11 points, while Blair chipped in nine points.
O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 17 points, Mike Conley had 15 points and Mareese Speights scored 10 points, all in the first quarter.
The Spurs shot 40 percent from the floor, but made 41.7 percent of their attempts from the 3-point area while holding the Grizzlies to just 37 percent field goal shooting.
The Spurs scored just 13 points in the entire fourth quarter but the 22-point lead they built in the third period proved to be to much for the Grizzlies.
San Antonio will start a 3-game home stand against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at the AT&T Center.