Regular Season Series (Game 4 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

Spurs 105


    Coverage: KRRT

    7:00 PM ET, April 2, 2003

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 29 20 34 22105
    MEM 25 15 27 2087

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 33 Pts, 19 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    Mem: L. Wright 24 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk

    Duncan scores 33 points, grabs 19 rebounds

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- As if the Memphis Grizzlies weren't already aware of it, Tim Duncan showed them why he is one of the NBA's best players.

     Tim Duncan

    Duncan scored 33 points and grabbed 19 rebounds Wednesday night, leading an inside dominance by San Antonio as the Spurs defeated the Grizzlies 105-87.

    "They just whipped us and dominated the boards," said Memphis coach Hubie Brown. "Then their key guy gave you an MVP game."

    Duncan connected on 13 of 16 shots from the field as the Spurs won their seventh straight game. Memphis, meanwhile, is in a tailspin, losing seven of its last eight.

    The Grizzlies seemed to have little answer for Duncan inside, and when point guard Tony Parker added 10 of his 16 points in the third period, San Antonio continued to build the lead.

    Six minutes into the final period, the Spurs led by 20 and eventually would hold a 21-point advantage twice down the stretch.

    Reserve Malik Rose added 18 points for San Antonio.

    Lorenzen Wright led Memphis with 24 points, but the rest of the frontline had little punch. Leading scorer Pau Gasol scored five points and had five rebounds before fouling out, and Mike Miller, still suffering from back spasms, had seven. The Grizzlies were outscored 50-38 in the paint and outrebounded 49-35.

    "I wanted top get physical with him," Duncan said of his defense on Gasol. "When he got his touches, I wanted to make him feel uncomfortable."

    Wesley Person and reserve Mike Batiste added 14 points each for Memphis.

    The dominance of San Antonio's inside play was evident early. All 11 of the Spurs' first-quarter field goals were in the paint, and San Antonio held a 14-7 advantage on the boards.

    "We wanted to get it in (the paint)," Duncan said. "If we get it in there, that's where we want to attack from."

    "We play inside out," said guard Stephen Jackson. "When the big guys are going, they're going, and we've got to get it into them."

    Still, Memphis stayed close, trailing by 38-37 with five minutes to play in the half.

    From there, San Antonio outscored the Grizzlies 11-2 to build the lead to 10, and eventually hold a 49-40 lead at the half.

    Duncan led the way with 20 points, hitting nine of his 10 first half shots, and grabbing 11 rebounds.

    Wright managed 10 points for Memphis, but was 3-of-10 from the field as the Grizzlies shot 37 percent from the floor.

    Memphis tried to slow the inside play with a zone defense, but it was effective only for a short time.

    "Against the zone, we don't set up for the outside shot," Parker said. "...Obviously, we have (Duncan and Rose) on the inside, so me and (Jackson) penetrated a lot."

    San Antonio extended the lead to 73-54 midway through the third period and led 83-67 entering the final quarter.

    "They came in here and played really well, like they've been playing against everybody," Wright said. "They're playing team basketball, and they're playing playoff basketball. That's something we can hopefully look at and learn from."

    Game notes
    Memphis C Stromile Swift missed the game with a sprained thumb. Swift missed a pair of games in the last month due to the injury. ... Duncan had his 54th double-double by halftime. ... The Spurs lead the series 27-4. ... The Spurs won their seventh straight on the road and 15th of their last 16 away from home. ...Wright's 24 points matched his season high. ...San Antonio's Bruce Bowen was 2-for-2 from 3-point range, putting him slightly ahead of Person for the league lead. Person was 2-of-3 from long range.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 87
    FGM-FGA 37-73 (.507) 34-80 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 4-9 (.444) 3-14 (.214)
    FTM-FTA 27-31 (.871) 16-25 (.640)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-49 11-35
    Assists 17 22
    Turnovers 20 15
    Steals 6 10
    Blocks 3 7
    Fast Break Points 1 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 26 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 33
    Reb: 19
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Lorenzen Wright Wright
    Points: 24
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3