NBA Game Summary - Memphis at San Antonio
(Friday, November 23rd)
Final Score: San Antonio 101, Memphis 88
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan scored 28 points and pulled down nine rebounds to power the San Antonio Spurs, who cruised to their fourth straight win with a 101-88 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at the AT&T Center.
Duncan hit 14-of-17 two-point field goals to account for his buckets. Exactly half of his scoring output came during the opening quarter, when Memphis had absolutely no answer for him on the interior.
"I feel I got my opportunity tonight," said Duncan. "They started out small and obviously we had an advantage in that respect. My teammates were looking for me and I got some good seals and some easy stuff around the basket, so when they do stuff like that, we go to take advantage of that."
Tony Parker had 21 points and distributed eight assists, while Brent Barry and Manu Ginobili came off the bench to put up 14 and 11, respectively.
Juan Carlos Navarro scored 16 points to lead Memphis, and Rudy Gay added 15 to go along with seven boards, but the Grizzlies allowed the Spurs a spurt to close the second half and never recovered.
Mike Miller had 14 points and Pau Gasol finished with 12 for Memphis, which lost its second straight to fall to 1-5 on the road for the season.
"They came out tonight showing their fangs and meaning business," Grizzlies head coach Marc Iavaroni said of the Spurs. "Tonight we played hard and really tried to keep the game close with our energy but we just couldn't sustain the talent of the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are a great team with many weapons and they know how to use every single one."
Bruce Bowen capped an 8-2 first-quarter run with a finger roll to put the Spurs up 18-12 with more than six minutes remaining, and San Antonio led 29-22 heading into the second thanks in large part to Duncan's 14 points.
Hakim Warrick banged a jumper to open the second quarter, but the Spurs scored the next seven points to take a 36-24 lead and then closed the half on a 21-10 run to head into the locker room leading 61-40.
Memphis pulled within 12 on two separate occasions during the third quarter, but the Spurs ended the stanza on a 6-0 surge to finish the period up 77-59.
San Antonio breezed through a relatively painless fourth, and the lead ballooned to as many as 20 before Memphis provided a late surge to make the score appear more respectable.
San Antonio shot 49 percent (45-for-92) despite hitting just two of 16 three- point attempts...The Spurs outrebounded the Grizzlies 48-39 and forced 14 turnovers...Memphis has lost five of six in San Antonio.
11/24 01:12:48 ET