Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/24

Game 1: Monday, November 24th
Spurs94Final
Grizzlies81
Game 2: Friday, November 28th
Grizzlies98Final
Spurs109
Game 3: Saturday, December 27th
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2OT
Spurs106
Game 4: Friday, January 2nd
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Grizzlies80

Grizzlies 103

(10-20, 2-12 away)

Spurs 106

(20-10, 12-5 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    8:30 PM ET, December 27, 2008

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
    MEM 18 31 17 24 9 4103
    SA 23 19 24 24 9 7106

    Top Performers

    Mem: O. Mayo 29 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast

    SA: T. Parker 32 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Parker's late baskets, Finley's block lift Spurs in double overtime

    Associated Press

    SAN ANTONIO -- The young Memphis Grizzlies looked like they finally figured out how to beat the aging San Antonio Spurs.

    Not quite.

    Solid defense and experience in the clutch won out again.

    Tony Parker scored 32 points, hitting two of San Antonio's three baskets in the second overtime, and Michael Finley blocked Memphis' final shot as the Spurs pulled out 106-103 victory Saturday night.

    Fast Facts

    • The Spurs won for the 11th time in their last 13 games after beginning the season 9-8.

    • Tony Parker's 32 points (four coming in the second extra session) led the way for San Antonio.

    • The Grizzlies won the battle on the glass, edging the Spurs 50-36.

    • Memphis has lost nine straight in San Antonio's AT&T Center.

    -- ESPN research

    "Memphis is a young, athletic, deep team," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They play everybody tough."

    The Grizzlies weren't nearly so tough in their last visit here, when the Spurs rolled to a 109-89 win back on Nov. 28. This time, rookie O.J. Mayo and his teammates stretched the Spurs to the limit and had plenty of chances of their own to win.

    "They know how to win," Mayo said. "Mostly at this point we're still learning how to win. Which is OK."

    The Spurs have won five in a row and 11 of their last 13, with Parker leading them in scoring nine times during that stretch. San Antonio also got its third win of the season over Memphis.

    Parker's two baskets put the Spurs up by four before O.J. Mayo hit a 3-pointer for Memphis with 71 seconds left. The Grizzlies had a chance to send the game into a third overtime when Mayo drove the lane in the final seconds, but he couldn't get off a clean shot. He dished to Rudy Gay, but Finley was able to swat the ball from behind on the layup and San Antonio's Roger Mason came away with the loose ball.

    Kurt Thomas, who scored the Spurs' first basket of the second overtime, added a free throw for the last point with 0.5 seconds left on the clock.

    Tim Duncan scored 29 points for the Spurs before fouling out in the first overtime and Manu Ginobili scored 20.

    "It was huge for us to get this win tonight," said Duncan, who was held to just five rebounds. "Tonight, we just found a way to win."

    The Grizzlies, who snapped a four-game losing streak against Indiana on Friday night, fell to 2-12 on the road.

    The Grizzlies held the lead in the final two minutes of regulation and took a quick lead at the start of the first overtime. Mayo was having fun, pulling up for long jumpers and one time bounced the ball off the back of the Spurs' Bruce Bowen before driving in for a layup.

    Parker came to the Spurs' rescue every time. He scored their last seven points of regulation, gave San Antonio a 99-98 lead with a layup near the end of the first overtime and hit the two big jumpers in the second one.

    "Tony stepped up and knocked down some big shots," Popovich said.

    About the only thing he couldn't do was make a tough shot from deep in the left corner that would have won it in the final seconds of the first overtime.

    Memphis had its late chances, too. Marc Gasol got to the free-throw line with 7.4 seconds left in the first overtime but missed his first shot before making the second to tie it at 99.

    "I hope this game brings us closer as a team. I hope the pain draws us together," said Memphis coach Marc Iavoroni. "We're getting there, but we're not there."

    Memphis had kept the Spurs off balance for most of the first three quarters. The Grizzlies held the biggest lead of the game at 57-46 in the third and up to that point, Parker, Duncan and Ginobili had scored all but six of San Antonio's points.

    Defense and Duncan eventually got the Spurs back in the game.

    With Parker and Bowen providing more pressure on the ball, the Spurs forced several missed shots and turnovers and start chipping away at the Memphis lead. Duncan scored nine points in the final 4:32 of the third and made it 66-66 going into the fourth with a baseline layup.

    The Spurs are "a tested team," said Memphis' Hakim Warrick. "A championship team that's been through the wars."

    Game notes


    The Spurs are 3-0 in double-overtime games this season. The Grizzlies have lost their two overtime games. ... The Spurs improved to 18-2 when scoring more than 90 points. ... Memphis outrebounded San Antonio 50-36.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MEM
    SA
    Points 103 106
    FGM-FGA 41-88 (.466) 41-89 (.461)
    3PM-3PA 5-14 (.357) 7-20 (.350)
    FTM-FTA 16-23 (.696) 17-21 (.810)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-50 5-36
    Assists 24 21
    Turnovers 16 8
    Steals 5 8
    Blocks 6 9
    Fast Break Points 12 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 22 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 11 5

    Top Performers

    Memphis
    San Antonio
    O.J. Mayo Mayo
    Points: 29
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 32
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1