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                 === Grizzlies outlast Spurs in OT thriller ===
 
 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
 victory.
 
 "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
 frame.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 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
 Wednesday.
 
 
 01/12 01:36:06 ET