NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Memphis
(Friday, January 11th)
Final Score: Memphis 101, San Antonio 98 (OT)
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay missed two key free throws late in
regulation, but drained a go-ahead jumper with 27.8 seconds remaining in
overtime to help the Memphis Grizzlies fight off the San Antonio Spurs,
101-98, in a playoff-like atmosphere at FedExForum.
Memphis was swept by its Southwest Division rival in all four meetings last
season and dropped an overtime decision back on Dec. 1 after squandering a 14-
point fourth quarter lead.
The Grizzlies also saw a double-digit cushion fall by the wayside on Friday,
and needed to survive Tony Parker's game-tying 3-pointer at the regular buzzer
to win their fourth straight game.
Gay finished with a team-high 23 points, Mike Conley added 21 points and five
assists and Zach Randolph totaled 18 points and 10 rebounds in the statement
"It was a good test of our mental toughness and our togetherness because we
did stick together," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "We kept operating
efficiently offensively, and nobody really tried to go off on their own, and
we got the win."
Parker led all scorers with 30 points, while Tim Duncan chipped in 13 points
and 15 boards in the Spurs' third straight road loss.
San Antonio never trailed in the fourth quarter until the Grizzlies rattled
off six straight points to take an 89-87 lead with 1:04 to play. Duncan tied
the game at the other end with a jumper, but Darrell Arthur, who hit the go-
ahead shot on the previous possession, answered with a 20-footer.
Danny Green hit the back iron the next time down, and Conley found Tony Allen
behind the defense for a lay-in with 19.2 seconds remaining. The outcome
appeared to be decided when Green missed again from long range.
But Gay missed two at the stripe with 12.9 ticks to go, and Stephen Jackson
made it a one-point game with a 3-pointer. Randolph pushed the lead back to
three, 95-92, with two free throws, but 3.5 seconds was enough time for Parker
to catch the inbounds pass near midcourt, take three dribbles and fire a 3-
pointer over Gay that hit nothing but net as time expired.
Parker opened the extra session scoring with a 3-pointer from the corner, and
Randolph countered with a jumper before a series off misses at both ends.
In the final minute, Gay blocked a driving Manu Ginobili at the rim and was
whistled for goaltending. After looking at instant replay, however, the
officials overturned the ruling and issued a jump ball a midcourt.
Arthur won the tap over Duncan, and Gay connected on an elbow jumper for a
99-98 edge with 27.8 seconds remaining. After Parker's jumper rimmed out,
Allen threw an outlet pass to Arthur for a clean flush with 8.9 to go.
Memphis used its foul-to-give with 3.2 on the clock, and Ginobili rushed an
off-balance 3-point attempt from the left wing that hit high off the
backboard and then the rim. The shot capped a string of seven straight misses
by the visitors to end the game.
"We started out pretty well and got ourselves a lead, but they just kept
coming," Duncan said of the extra session. "They just made more plays than we
did. They just outplayed us."
The Grizzlies trailed 25-22 heading to the second quarter and scored the final
eight points of the first half to take a 51-43 advantage into the break.
Both teams shot over 50 percent in the opening half, but the difference came
in turnovers, as Memphis converted 12 takeaways into 22 points.
The Spurs cleaned up their mistakes in the third quarter -- they only turned
it over three times -- and erased a 12-point deficit with an 18-4 run. Parker
started the surge with consecutive buckets and ended it with a three-point
play for a 66-64 lead with two minutes left.
Both teams missed easy chances in the closing seconds of the frame, proving
vital considering the game was not decided in regulation. Memphis' Jerryd
Bayless threw an ill-advised alley-oop pass out of bounds on an uncontested
fastbreak, and Tiago Splitter missed an easy layup just before the buzzer.
Despite Splitter's miss, San Antonio carried a 71-68 lead into the final
The Spurs were 3-0 in overtime coming in, while Memphis split its two games
that went past regulation ... Ginobili and Splitter scored 14 and 13 points,
respectively ... Arthur finished with 14 points off Memphis' bench ... Allen,
who turned 30 on Friday, scored 10 points, as did Marc Gasol ... Randolph
leads the NBA with 24 double-doubles ... The Spurs wound up with 18 turnovers,
leading to 26 points ... These teams match up again in San Antonio next
01/12 01:34:31 ET
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