Parker leads the charge as the Spurs clinch the Western Conference title.
Tony Parker scored a game-high 37 points as the San Antonio Spurs secured a 93-86 win over the Memphis Grizzlies to seal their place in the NBA Finals.
The Spurs completed the series sweep over their Western Conference rivals, and will now await the winner of the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, as they prepare for their first trip to the Finals since winning the championship in 2007.
In contrast, it ends a disappointing series for Memphis who couldn’t get going home or away, as they were again held to under 40-percent shooting from the field at the FedExForum on Monday night.
Both Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol were largely ineffective despite their impressive postseason efforts prior to this series, as the likes of Tim Duncan and Thiago Splitter did a fantastic job of limiting their dominance inside the paint.
That in turn helped Parker control proceedings on the floor, and he caps off a magnificent series in which he averaged 24.5 points and 9.5 assists.
“Memphis had a great run, they are a great team. I’m happy we’re done with them as they are very physical,” Parker told ESPN reporter Doris Burke after the game.
The French point guard will now have an eager eye on proceedings in the Eastern Conference finals as they await their next opponents, while he was also thankful for the week’s rest that the Spurs will benefit from having wrapped up this series so early.