Grizzlies 92, Spurs 90
Mike Conley drove for a layup with 0.6 seconds left, and the
Memphis Grizzlies rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 92-90
Monday night for their third straight victory.
The Grizzlies matched their franchise record with their 50th win
this season, and they won their 12th straight at home. They pulled
out a win in a game where Conley’s bucket gave them their first
lead since 18-16 late in the first quarter.
Conley scored the final five points and finished with 23. Jerryd
Bayless had 17 points, Marc Gasol 16, Zach Randolph 11 points and
10 rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince had 11 points.
Tony Parker had 25 points for the Spurs. Parker tried to beat
the buzzer with a jumper that was too late.
Tiago Splitter added 13 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio,
who was not at full strength playing its second game in two nights.
The Spurs left Kawhi Leonard at home with a sore left knee. Manu
Ginobili is out at least three weeks with a strained right
hamstring, and Tim Duncan also did not play after playing 35
minutes in Sunday night’s 88-86 loss to Miami.
With the Spurs missing three of their top four scorers, Memphis
managed to split the season series, with both teams winning on
their home courts. The Grizzlies are pushing to start the
postseason on their home court in a tight squeeze in the Western
Conference standings with Denver and the Clippers.
Conley won the game but he also went without a steal. That
snapped his steal streak at 64 games, which had been the longest
active streak in the NBA.
The Grizzlies edged San Antonio in points in the paint 40-36 and
outscored the Spurs 30-22 in the fourth quarter.
San Antonio opened the game missing its first eight shots. The
Grizzlies jumped out to a nine-point lead before the Spurs suddenly
started hitting. The Spurs connected on 13 of their next 17 shots
and wound up leading by as much as nine themselves with a 44-37
lead at halftime. The Spurs went up by as much as 50-39 in the
Bayless scored eight in the fourth quarter in helping Memphis
whittle away at the Spurs’ lead. The Grizzlies tied it up for the
sixth and final time at 90 on a 3-pointer by Conley with 30 seconds
left. Parker had a chance to put the Spurs ahead but missed a
14-footer with 7.9 seconds left.
That set up Conley’s winning bucket, as he drove past Danny
Green to give Memphis its first lead since 55 seconds left in the
Notes: Only Michael Jordan and Chris Paul have had steals
streaks as long as Conley’s since the Grizzlies guard was born in
October 1987. … The Grizzlies won 50 games in 2003-04. …
Parker’s had double figures in 56 straight games. … The Spurs’
last four losses came when they didn’t score 100 points, and they
average 104 points a game. … The Grizzlies now are 21-8 since
trading for Prince, Ed Davis and Austin Daye on Jan. 30.