NBA Game Summary - Memphis at San Antonio
(Friday, November 28th)
Final Score: San Antonio 109, Memphis 98
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tony Parker had 15 points and seven assists in his first game back after missing nine tilts with a sprained ankle to lead the Spurs in a 109-98 victory over the Grizzlies.
Parker originally suffered the injury in the first quarter of a 99-83 loss to the Miami Heat on November 7. He drove to the hoop for a bucket and rolled his left ankle upon landing with 2:06 left in the quarter.
"It feels great," Parker said of being back. "When you're out for three weeks all you can think about is getting back on the court and trying to have fun while helping your team win."
Roger Mason added 20 points and five helpers for the Spurs, who have won four in a row and seven of eight overall. George Hill and Michael Finley scored 12 points each for San Antonio, which has beaten Memphis eight straight times in Texas. Tim Duncan ended with 11 points and 12 boards.
O.J. Mayo had a game-high 32 points for Memphis, which has dropped five straight. Rudy Gay ended with 26 points and Mike Conley 13 in defeat.
The Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 7-2 to start the fourth, and San Antonio was up 80-72 with 9:32 left in the game.
Moments later, Gay had a three-point play and Mayo nailed a jumper to bring it to 82-79.
However, Manu Ginobili hit a three to spark a 14-4 Spurs run that effectively put the game out of reach. Duncan had six of the points on the surge and closed it out with a three-point play with 4:13 left to make it 96-83.
Memphis failed to get within eight points down the stretch.
San Antonio jumped out to a slight 17-16 lead after the first 12 minutes and flashed a 46-36 advantage at the break.
Marc Gasol and Mayo connected on baskets late in the third, and the Grizzlies trailed just 73-70 heading into the final frame.
"We did a great job of just moving the ball and good looks," said Conley. "O.J. (Mayo) did a good job of being aggressive to the rim as we ran a lot of plays through him."
Ginobili had 14 points...San Antonio trounced the Grizzlies, 94-81, on November 24 in Memphis and has won three straight and five of the last six meetings in the series...The Grizzlies fell to a miserable 1-8 on the road this season.
11/29 01:58:22 ET