Friday, November 13, 2015

Spurs survive in Memphis against Grizzlies, 96-94.

In this rematch of opening night a war of attrition was fought, with Tim Duncan (30 points) leading the Spurs to a narrow victory. Both teams struggled to score, and Mike Conley (32 points) weathered the storm for Memphis, despite not shooting well (12-27).

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.

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