Kidd made six 3 pointers and scored 24 points to help lead the Mavericks to a victory in Game 1 of their first round series against the Blazers on Saturday night. Kidd scored three points more than he had in any game this season and it was his most in a playoff game since 2005.
Some tips he used, some he didn't. Among the discards was spreading out the first two fingers on his shooting hand.
Instead, all the questions are about the 61 win Spurs being down 0 1.
The Grizzlies spent the week insisting they didn't tank their final two games to assure they'd get the Spurs. But the way Randolph and Marc Gasol, who had 24 points and nine rebounds, punished San Antonio in Colorado Rockies Hat
Eighth seeds have eliminated No. 1s just three times in NBA history.
Nowitzki's tip helps Kidd bust slump, beat Blazers
It's the first playoff win ever for Memphis, which had been 0 12 in three previous trips.
Popovich wouldn't speculate whether Ginobili might play in Game 2 on Wednesday. But after the Spurs lost their sixth consecutive playoff opener, Ginobili may no longer have such hard time convincing Popovich he's ready.
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Playing without All Star guard Manu Ginobili, who continued to rest his sprained right elbow, San Antonio still had a chance to send the game to overtime. Richard Jefferson missed an open, straight ahead 3 point look as time expired, then bit down on his jersey collar.
Popovich said Ginobili wasn't happy about the decision. He wouldn't speculate whether Ginobili would be ready for Game 2 on Wednesday. Ginobili is San Antonio's second leading scorer, averaging 17.4 points. The 33 year old practiced with the Spurs on Saturday, and his teammates thought Ginobili would likely play.
San Antonio went 6 of 15 from behind the Cincinnati Reds Caps 3 point line. Matt Bonner hit two of those in the final 2:09, his second one New Era Orioles Hat
Notes: The Spurs shot a season and playoff high 47 free throw attempts. They made 36 of them.
So playoff inexperienced are the Grizzlies that Hollins had never coached in the postseason before Sunday, and eight of his players lacked any playoff experience.
the frontcourt, San Antonio certainly doesn't look like a bad matchup for Memphis.
"It's nice from an annoyance perspective to have it out of the way, because I don't have to answer questions about being 0 and 13," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said.
Randolph had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and Shane Battier hit a go ahead 3 pointer with 23.9 seconds left Sunday to give Memphis a 101 98 victory over the top seeded San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs badly missed their second leading scorer. George Hill started in Ginobili's place but went just 2 of 7 from the floor and finished with 15 points. The NBA's top 3 point shooting team also suffered without Ginobili's range and penetration to draw in perimeter defenders.
Spurs' Ginobili won't play Game 1 against Memphis
The Grizzlies entered the NBA in 1995 as an expansion franchise in Vancouver. Six seasons there never ended in the postseason, and after moving to Memphis in 2001, the Grizzlies waited two seasons before the first of three consecutive first round sweeps. The last was in 2006.
DALLAS (AP) Soon after Jason Kidd rejoined the Dallas Mavericks in 2008, he made a savvy move. He asked Dirk Nowitzki for advice about shooting 3 pointers.
For now, the Grizzlies are just happy with a start.
Earlier this month, during some forced days off and in the midst of an awful shooting slump, Kidd finally decided to give it a try. The Portland Trail Blazers probably wish he hadn't.
Not Battier. He was with the Grizzlies for all three of those playoff sweeps, Nike Cap Front And Back
"I was wide open," Jefferson said.
"Zach played great. He made some great shots with Marc," said Spurs forward Tim Duncan, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds. "They're both big bodies and that's what they're game is based on, having those bigs inside. And them making shots, we have to pay attention to them more, obviously."
"It was awesome. I'm really happy for the city," Battier said. "Beale Street will be a fun place tonight. Most of these guys don't know the history or the heartache that the city has gone through. I'm happy for the city."
making it somewhat fitting that it was his 3 pointer to seal the franchise's first win.
putting San Antonio ahead 96 94 with 1:28 remaining.
"Jason was aggressive last night," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said Sunday. "He understood the situation. He was the guy that was getting open shots and he stepped into it."
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Spurs guard Manu Ginobili won't play in Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies. Coach Gregg Popovich says he is taking no chances after his All Star sprained his right elbow in the regular season finale. George Hill will start in Ginobili's place Sunday.
Randolph, who scored nine in the fourth and bullied San Antonio's aging frontcourt with all of his 255 pounds, walked past Jefferson with his fists raised in triumph. The rest of the Grizzlies bench spilled onto the court, waving towels and leaping back into the locker room.
"We're in the playoffs," Hollins said. "It's not important to me that it's our first playoff win ever."
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