Conley wins it for Grizzlies
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 third quarter.
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 first quarter.
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.