Parker scored 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting in the Spurs' 93-83
victory over the Grizzlies on Monday night. Eleven of his field goals came on layups.
After missing his seventh attempt, Parker grabbed the rebound
and scored in the third quarter. He also was 4-for-4 from the line.
"If Tony can take what he did tonight and continue to improve,
we're obviously going to be a much better team than the way we've
been playing," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I thought he did
a great job of getting to the lane and, more importantly, finishing."
Manu Ginobili added 15 points to help San Antonio beat Memphis
for the second time in three days. The Spurs edged the Grizzlies
80-79 on Saturday night in San Antonio.
Parker was disappointed with his performance Saturday night when
he took only eight shots and had 10 points.
"It was one of those nights. Nothing went my way," he said. "It was just a bad game, so I watched game film with
[Popovich] and saw what I could do better. I was very, very
motivated because I felt like I owed it to my team."
Pau Gasol had 25 points for Memphis. The Grizzlies had won six
in a row at home, and four straight at home against the Spurs.
The Spurs shot 51 percent, with Parker, who entered the game
with 466 points in the lane this season, leading the way. As San
Antonio worked the high pick-and-roll, Parker was finding gaps and
shooting down the lane, sometimes converting in a swarm of Memphis
"Tony Parker went to the basket extremely hard," Jackson said.
"He got everything he was looking for. We just didn't do a good
job of keeping him out of the paint.
"When he's got his mind made up that he wants to get to that
paint, he gets to that paint. I can see why he leads the league in
points in the paint because he's fast, he's effective. He knows how
to score and how to finish at the basket."
Memphis, down by seven after three quarters, missed 11 of its
first 12 shots in the fourth, allowing the Spurs to take an 82-69
lead. The Grizzlies got the deficit under 10 only once the rest of
The Spurs shot 75 percent in the first quarter to build an
eight-point lead. San Antonio made eight consecutive shots during
the period, and Parker, Ginobili and Finley were a combined 9-of-10
from the field.
The Grizzles rallied in the second quarter, closing the half
with an 8-0 run -- punctuated by Gasol's two dunks -- to take a 42-41
Gasol had 17 points in the first half. Parker had 10 points,
hitting all five of his shots in the half. But the Spurs made
adjustments defensively after the half, making it more difficult
for the Grizzlies' leading scorer to create uncontested moves to
"We started bringing a double-team," Duncan said. "I thought
we did a great job of getting there and disrupting his flow. He
didn't get any good looks, and didn't get to the basket."
The teams exchanged leads until the final 3 minutes of the third
period when Parker got loose for three drives down the middle,
helping San Antonio take a 71-64 lead into the fourth quarter.
The game was part of the Grizzlies' Fourth annual Martin
Luther King Day Celebration. In addition to the game, the program
featured a symposium with former NBA star Bill Russell and Mannie
Jackson of the Harlem Globetrotters. King was assassinated in
Memphis in 1968. ... Five of the previous seven games between the
two teams were settled by 3 points or less, including San Antonio's
victory Saturday. ... The Grizzlies had one fast-break
point, a season low. ... The Spurs' 51-percent shooting was only the fourth time
a Memphis opponent has shot better than 50 percent this season. ... San Antonio is 26-3 when scoring at least 90 points.