SAN ANTONIO — Zach Randolph raised his fists above his head. The Memphis Grizzlies carried the motto “Let’s Make History” into the playoffs, and in a stunning Game 1 upset, they had already done it.
Sixteen years after entering the NBA, the Grizzlies finally have a postseason win.
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.
It’s the first playoff win ever for Memphis, which had been 0-12 in four previous trips.
“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.
Instead, all the questions are about the 61-win Spurs being down 0-1.