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Spurs start strong, rout Grizzlies 105-83 in Western Conference finals opener

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    Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley (11) is defended by San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner, center, as he tries to score during the first half in Game 1 of a Western Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, May 19, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Associated Press

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    San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan (21) grabs a rebound as Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley (11) and Tony Allen (9) look on during the first half in Game 1 of a Western Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Associated Press

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    Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol, center, is defended, from left, by San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, and Matt Bonner during the first half in Game 1 of a Western Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Associated Press

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    San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, right, of Argentina, looks on as Memphis Grizzlies' Keyon Dooling recovers the loose ball during the first half of Game 1 of the Western Conference final NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)The Associated Press

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    San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), of France, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies' Tony Allen, right, reached over to defend him during the first half in Game 1 of a Western Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The Associated Press

Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and the San Antonio Spurs struck first in the Western Conference finals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83 on Sunday.

The Spurs avoided a repeat of their Game 1 loss from when the teams met two years ago in the first round. The Grizzlies went on to knock San Antonio out of the playoffs as the top seed that time.

San Antonio raced out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter, then came up with a response when Memphis rallied to get within six in the second half. Both teams pulled their starters with over 5 minutes left and the Spurs leading by 21.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.