The San Antonio Spurs are headed to the 2013 NBA Finals, and they have Tony Parker's impressive 37-point performance to thank for that.
Parker led the Spurs to a 93-86 win, with 37 points on 15-of-21 shooting from the floor, while he also dished out six assists and grabbed four rebounds.
The Memphis Grizzlies just had no answer for Parker's dominance, especially when you consider that no starter for the Grizzlies shot better than 41.6 percent from the floor.
Quincy Pondexter was the Grizzlies' go-to player in Game 4, with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor, but unfortunately no one else could get going for Memphis.
The Grizzlies simply couldn't slow the Spurs offense down, and they couldn't overcome Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter's defensive dominance in the paint—giving up 52 points in the paint to the Spurs, while they scored just 32.
The better team won this series, but that doesn't mean the future isn't bright in Memphis. The Grizzlies simply have a lot to work on this offseason if they want to become a perennial contender in the Western Conference.
The Spurs can now rest for 10-plus days as they await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals. Wouldn't it be great to see this veteran Spurs team—the one who kept LeBron James from his first chance at an NBA title—face off against LeBron again?