Sunday was a big day for the Memphis Grizzlies as they got the franchise’s first-ever postseason victory in an 101-98 upset of the San Antonio Spurs, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph led the way with 25 points and 14 rebounds, and then got a four-year, $71 million contract extension for his historic efforts. Randolph, who’s 29 and in his 10th year in the league, led the Grizzlies in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 20.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. His new deal includes $66 million in guaranteed money.
The Grizzlies had been swept in their three previous postseason appearances, but the 13th time was the charm. Their 12 straight losses to begin their playoff history was a dubious NBA record.
The Spurs were playing without Manu Ginobli in the Game 1 loss, and are now 1-5 without Ginobli in the playoffs over his career. The Grizzlies also became only the 10th No. 8 seed in NBA history to beat a No. 1 in the first game of a series, but they’re still three wins away from becoming the fourth No. 8 to win a series.