Pau Gasol had 28 points and 17 rebounds as the Grizzlies
defeated San Antonio for the first time in nearly six years,
snapping a 21-game losing streak to the Spurs with a 98-93 victory
"I only lost six times to this team,'' Gasol of his two-year
tenure with the team. "I felt really good to get a win against
them, especially on the road. We're trying to build for the future;
get this team in the right direction.''
Memphis hadn't defeated the Spurs since Feb. 12, 1997, when the
franchise was based in Vancouver. The Grizzlies are now 4-26
against San Antonio.
"With a young team like we are, the effort and willingness to
learn has been terrific,'' Grizzlies head coach Hubie Brown said.
"Tonight's win definitely shows how hard they have worked down the
The loss ended the Spurs' four-game win streak.
"When you play a team you're supposed to beat, in a strange
way, teams have to focus more than when they play a team with the
same record,'' said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. "Its a tough
The game was close all the way, with 14 lead changes and 20
Memphis took the lead for good when Williams hit a 3-pointer
from 24 feet with 1:44 left to make it 89-86.
The Spurs stayed close, coming within one again when Robinson's
putback with 26 seconds left cut the lead to 94-93. Williams then
hit a pair of free throws with 8 seconds left.
The Grizzlies went on a 15-5 run early in the third quarter to
take a 58-51 lead -- their largest of the game. The Spurs answered
with an 8-0 run of their own at the end of the third quarter to
take a 70-67 lead.
Jackson took a no-look, bounce pass from Duncan down the lane
for a resounding dunk to give the Spurs a 46-43 halftime lead.
"It's definitely tough when you get a team that's hungry like
Memphis and they come in and play harder than you on your own
court,'' said Spurs forward Stephen Jackson. "There's nothing you
can do. They just flat out beat us today.''
The Spurs lead the league in blocks, averaging 7.18, while
the Grizzlies are fourth with 6.28. They each had eight blocks
Wednesday. ... Grizzlies G Wesley Person was added to the 3-point
shootout at NBA All-Star Saturday. ... Duncan had his 28th
double-double of the year, second best in the league.