Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Monday, November 4th
Game 2: Friday, November 22nd
Game 3: Wednesday, January 22nd
Game 4: Wednesday, April 2nd

Grizzlies 86

(0-13, 0-7 away)

Spurs 95

(9-4, 6-1 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, November 22, 2002

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 21 22 13 3086
    SA 27 21 29 1895

    Top Performers

    Mem: M. Batiste 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Stl

    SA: T. Duncan 28 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

    Duncan's huge night helps keep Grizzlies winless

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tim Duncan didn't wait until the final buzzer to do his damage against winless Memphis.

    Tim Duncan

    The NBA's reigning MVP scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in the third quarter to help the Spurs break open a close game as San Antonio defeated Memphis 95-86 Friday night.

    San Antonio opened the second half with a 15-1 run and the Grizzlies, now 0-13, were never closer than 15 points until the game's final minutes.

    "They bore down and got aggressive,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of his players. "They played good defense and the offense took care of itself.''

    The win was the Spurs' 21st straight over the Grizzlies. That winning streak ties for fifth-longest in league history with New York's 21 consecutive wins over Boston from April 1993 to January 1998.

    Duncan, who beat the Grizzlies with an arching 12-foot turnaround jumper at the end of overtime on Nov. 4, finished with 28 points and 15 rebounds.

    "I thought tonight was a step forward for this team, particularly offensively,'' said Duncan, who has been shooting erratically all season. "Their zone messed us up a little early, but then we figured it out.''

    David Robinson and Stephen Jackson each added 12 points for San Antonio.

    Mike Batiste came off the Memphis bench for 18 points, all coming in the final period. Pau Gasol had 12 points, all in the first half, and Shane Battier had 10.

    Grizzlies rookie Drew Gooden, averaging 15.8 points and 6.5 rebounds, was held to four points and three rebounds.

    Memphis players and coach Hubie Brown were blunt in dissecting the team's performance.

    "We're not playing together,'' said Grizzlies reserve forward Lorenzen Wright. "We've got to play defense and you've got to rebound.''

    The Spurs outrebounded the Grizzlies, 49-30.

    "Bottom line, if you don't take care of the defensive boards, you can't win in the NBA,'' Brown said, noting that Duncan and Robinson alone had more offensive rebounds (10) than the entire Grizzlies' team (8).

    After making only one of their first 19 shots Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Spurs went 11-for-19 from the floor in the first quarter.

    Three quick baskets by Gordan Giricek gave Memphis an 11-6 lead about five minutes into the game. But the Spurs recovered to go up by six by the end of the first quarter, and they extended that advantage to 37-28 midway through the second.

    Gooden's only baskets -- a layup and a running hook -- capped an 10-2 run that pulled the Grizzlies within one, 39-38, with 2:37 remaining. But Steve Smith then drained San Antonio's only 3-pointer of the half and Duncan followed with a short turnaround jumper to put the Spurs up by six late in the period.

    Game notes

    The last time the Grizzlies beat the Spurs was Feb. 12, 1997. San Antonio lost three of the four meetings between the teams in the 1996-97 season, when Robinson was injured and before Duncan came into the NBA. ... Gasol is the only Memphis player to start all 13 games this season. ... Jason Williams (10.9 points, 6.1 assists per game) was in the starting lineup for the first 12 games, but he hurt his left foot Wednesday against Philadelphia and didn't play against the Spurs.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 95
    FGM-FGA 34-73 (.466) 35-79 (.443)
    3PM-3PA 4-9 (.444) 3-13 (.231)
    FTM-FTA 14-18 (.778) 22-34 (.647)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-30 21-49
    Assists 19 20
    Turnovers 15 17
    Steals 9 11
    Blocks 5 6
    Fast Break Points 7 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 16 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Mike Batiste Batiste
    Points: 18
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 28
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3