Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Saturday, January 14th
Game 2: Monday, January 16th
Game 3: Friday, February 24th
Game 4: Sunday, April 9th

Spurs 93

(29-9, 11-7 away)

Grizzlies 83

(23-13, 13-6 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 16, 2006

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 27 14 30 2293
    MEM 19 23 22 1983

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Parker 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Mem: P. Gasol 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Duncan gets league-best 30th double-double of season

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- San Antonio guard Tony Parker showed the Memphis Grizzlies on why he leads the NBA in points in the paint.

    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."

    Tim Duncan had 13 points and 12 rebounds for his NBA-leading 30th double-double of the season, and Michael Finley also had 13 points for the Spurs.

    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.

    Mike Miller and Shane Battier each scored 11 points for Memphis, and Eddie Jones and Bobby Jackson added 10 each, but Jackson was 3-of-14 from the field as Memphis shot 41 percent.

    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 arms.

    "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 way.

    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 lead.

    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 the basket.

    "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.

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 83
    FGM-FGA 35-69 (.507) 30-73 (.411)
    3PM-3PA 5-18 (.278) 2-13 (.154)
    FTM-FTA 18-24 (.750) 21-32 (.656)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-35 13-43
    Assists 20 13
    Turnovers 9 11
    Steals 2 4
    Blocks 8 4
    Fast Break Points 13 1
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (0/0) 28 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 13 3

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 28
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 25
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1