The Spurs kicked off the new season by flirting with a familiar foe in the first half before charging forward with the lead. The defending champions, with a few new faces, walloped the gritty opposition 16-25 and 23-34 in the second half.
Not helping Memphis, star point guard Mike Conley struggled in contrast to budding Spurs star, Kawhi Leonard (22 points). New attraction, Ray Allen, made it look easy (and perfect) not missing a shot for 11 points. Tony Parker had 11 points and a remarkable 12 assists in the impressive debut.