Grizzlies fend off Spurs 104-103 behind Conley, Gasol
DeMar DeRozan had 24 points, including a fadeaway 15-footer in the left corner with 1.2 seconds remaining for a 103-102 lead after San Antonio trailed for much of the game.
Memphis led by 10 in the first half and by as many as six in the second before the Spurs rallied. San Antonio opened the fourth quarter on a 13-7 run to take a 90-88 lead on Bryn Forbes‘ layup.
Aldridge and Gay combined to score 20 points in the final period, but San Antonio lost its second straight.
Gasol appeared to hit Aldridge’s right arm on his shot at the final horn, but no foul was called as the crowd booed heavily.
Gay finished with 21 points, and Aldridge had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
San Antonio committed only one turnover in the first half but allowed Memphis to shoot 61 percent in the first quarter and 54 percent for the half.
Grizzlies: Former Spurs forward Kyle Anderson smiled as he received a warm reception during pre-game introductions. Anderson spent his first four seasons with the Spurs. … Jaren Jackson Jr. was issued a technical foul for arguing with an official after picking up his fourth foul with three minutes remaining in the first half. … Former Spurs guard Jaren Jackson was in attendance watching his son, Jaren Jr., play. The elder Jackson, who was a member of the Spurs’ inaugural championship in 1999, cheered excitedly each time his son scored.
Spurs: Memphis outscored San Antonio 42-38 in the paint, but the Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 12-2 in the paint in the final quarter. … Davis Bertans returned after missing two games while in the NBA’s concussion protocol after being injured Nov. 15 against the Clippers. … Pau Gasol missed his eighth straight game with a sore left foot. … Tim Duncan was in attendance.
Grizzlies: At Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
Spurs: At Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
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