Things seemed better early as San Antonio got off to a hot start, though Grizzlies stayed within 4 points after one quarter and actually led by halftime. Spurs would edge Memphis 28-23 and and 24-21 in the second half en route to a tough win.
Prospect Ray McCallum hit some clutch 3s in the second half and San Antonio's defense forced turnovers. A "dagger" shot was out of grasp, with every marksman missing late, until Tony Parker made a tough layup to obtain a 3-PT lead in the final minute. After being intentionally fouled, Duncan made a pair of free throws which minimized the impact of a late 3 by Mike Conley.