Spurs remain unbeaten at home with win over Grizzlies
(The Sports Xchange) - Games between the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies are usually more grit than gold and the Spurs' 92-82 victory over the Grizzlies on Saturday was the latest in that vein of battles not recommended for the faint of heart.
Forward Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points and guard Tony Parker had 18, all in the first half, as the San Antonio remained unbeaten at home.
The Spurs (10-3) led just 86-80 in the final minute but got back-to-back running floaters from forward Tim Duncan and a three-point dagger from Leonard with 16 seconds remaining and the shot clock ticking down to clinch their sixth win of the season at the AT&T Center.
The victory snapped Memphis' season-best four-game winning streak.
"Memphis played well in the fourth quarter to bring the lead back to single digits," Leonard said. "We just kept fighting on the defensive end and made some good plays down the stretch."
The two teams combined for 35 turnovers, 18 for the Spurs. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich refused to use the excuse that the Spurs are still trying to figure out their new lineup and rotation for its ragged, if winning, effort.
"No, that was a sign of a team playing poorly," Popovich deadpanned.
Guard Manu Ginobili, back in the lineup after a two-game absence with a sore hip, added 15 points for San Antonio. Duncan scored 10 points, eight in the fourth quarter, and pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Grizzlies (7-7) got 16 points from guard Mike Conley. Memphis reserve guard Courtney Lee scored 15 points and reserve forward Matt Barnes had 10 points. Continued...