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Sunday, May 01, 2011

#8 Memphis Grizzlies eliminate #1 San Antonio Spurs

The Memphis Grizzlies sealed a stunning upset by beating the top ranked San Antonio Spurs 99-91 to clinch their first round playoff series 4-2 at the FedEx Forum on Friday.

San Antonio scored the first points of the game but a 12-0 run by eighth-seeded Memphis forced the Spurs to chase the Grizzlies for much of the encounter.

San Antonio managed to grab the lead briefly at 80-79 with 4:39 remaining in the fourth quarter on a jump shot by Antonio McDyess but were unable to hold the lead.

Zach Randolph scored 17 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter including 13 as the Grizzlies pulled away for good. Randolph also had 11 rebounds and Marc Gasol had a double-double with 13 rebounds and 12 points.

The Grizzlies are only the second #8 seed to ever eliminate a #1 seeded side in the NBA playoffs and will now face Oklahoma City in the next round.

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