NBA Game Summary - Memphis at San Antonio
(Sunday, December 30th)
Final Score: San Antonio 111, Memphis 87
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan had 24 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists and Tony Parker went for 24, four and nine to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 111-87 pounding of the Memphis Grizzlies at the AT&T Center.
Michael Finley added 22 points and seven boards for the Spurs, who won for the third time in their last four games and avenged a loss in Memphis earlier this month, when the Grizzlies' Rudy Gay ended it with a buzzer-beating three.
"Finley knows his role," said Spurs head coach Greg Popovich. "And he knows he needs to take his shots, and if they're not falling, he knows to keep shooting."
Matt Bonner had 18 points off the bench for San Antonio, which shot 51 percent from the floor - including 9-for-20 from beyond the arc - on its way to putting the game out of reach by the latter stages of the third by outscoring the Grizzlies 38-18 in that quarter.
Pau Gasol led Memphis with 19 points, and Gay had 16 to go with five boards.
It was the fifth straight loss and eighth setback in the last 10 games for the Grizzlies, who also received 11 points from Darko Milicic and a 10-point, seven-assist performance from Juan Carlos Navarro.
Gay scored 12 points in the opening quarter and Memphis took a 32-22 lead to the second. The Spurs then opened the second on a 9-2 run, but the Grizzlies didn't relinquish the lead until Bonner hit consecutive three-pointers to put San Antonio up 48-46 at the half.
"We did not play well in the first quarter," Parker admitted. "But we picked up the defensive effort in the second (quarter)."
The Spurs then opened the second half on a 14-2 spurt, and Memphis never really recovered. A Jacque Vaughn jumper stretched the lead to 20, at 76-56, with just over three minutes to go in the period, and it was 86-64 heading to the final stanza.
Memphis never truly threatened in the final period, and the Spurs' cushion ballooned to as many as 25.
San Antonio outrebounded Memphis, 46-32, and held the Grizzlies to 25 percent shooting from three-point range...Memphis also shot just 58.6 percent (17- for-29) from the free-throw line...San Antonio's Keith Langford, recently recalled from the NBDL, scored his first NBA points with a fourth-quarter jumper from the top of the key, and also had a pair of rebounds.
12/30 23:51:56 ET