Spurs survive late Grizzlies rally
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Tim Duncan recorded 19 points and 16 rebounds
before fouling out, as San Antonio survived a late rally to defeat the
Memphis Grizzlies, 83-80, at the FedEx Forum.
Manu Ginobili tallied 13 points for the Spurs, who ended a two-game losing
streak on the road. Tony Parker had a quiet game, attempting only eight shots
for nine points. Michael Finley added 11 off the bench.
Paul Gasol recorded 21 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out for the
Grizzlies, who lost their second game in a row after winning four straight.
Chucky Atkins tallied 12 points, while Mike Miller added 14 off the bench.
Led by six straight points from Duncan, San Antonio scored nine straight
points early in the fourth quarter to establish a 12-point lead just three
minutes into the period. The Spurs held a comfortable lead most of the way
until a Gasol layup cut the lead down to seven, 73-66, with 1:44 left to play.
Bruce Bowen, though, answered with a trey, giving the Spurs a 10-point lead,
76-66, with just over a minute left to play. However, Memphis was not out of
The Grizzlies then went on a furious 10-2 run in just over a minute to get
within two, 78-76, with just 19 seconds remaining. Shane Battier capped the
run by nailing a three-pointer, his only points of the game, after the
Grizzlies used a full-court press to force a Spurs’ turnover.
Memphis then fouled Ginobili on the inbounds pass, and he scored both free-
throws to push the lead back up to four, 80-76, with 17 seconds remaining.
Miller rolled off a screen to drop a trey, bringing Memphis within one, 80-79,
with 13 seconds left.
Ginobili was once again fouled after the inbounds pass, but this time he only
converted one of two free throws, giving Memphis a chance to either take the
lead or tie the game on their next possession.
Memphis fed Hakim Warrick the ball down low, and as he put a shot up, Duncan
committed his sixth foul, sending Warrick to the line with a chance to tie the
After making the first attempt, Warrick missed his second, and Nazr Mohammed
collected the rebound and was promptly fouled.
Mohammed then made both attempts to give the Spurs a three point lead with
just two seconds remaining.
The Grizzlies got the ball back with one last chance to tie it, but Battier’s
inbound pass sailed out-out-bounds, and San Antonio got the victory.
Down by four early in the game, Memphis rolled off an impressive 17-0 in the
first quarter, holding San Antonio scoreless for a near seven-minute span.
Nick Van Exel eventually broke the drought with a trey, and the score was
23-12 at the end of the quarter.
The Spurs responded in the second quarter, outscoring the Grizzlies 18-8 over
the last seven and 1/2 minutes, to cut the deficit down to three, 38-35, at
Trailing by one with three minutes left in the third quarter, the Spurs closed
the period out on a 10-1 to capture a eight point lead, 57-49, heading into
the fourth. Beno Udrih capped the run by tipping in his own miss with two
San Antonio off-set a poor shooting night(36 percent) by forcing Memphis into
a season-high 22 turnovers to win the game.
Bowen and Mohammed each scored five points for the Spurs. Van Exel added
three…Warrick finished the game with eight points for the Grizzlies…San
Antonio head coach Greg Popovich is now three victories shy of 500 for his
career…The Spurs remain undefeated against the Grizzlies this season (3-0).