Spurs top Grizzlies in OT Game 2
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs hadn’t played fair with these overmatched Memphis Grizzlies for most of the night, but this third quarter sequence was even meaner than normal.
Tony Parker drove the lane as if it were the autobahn — no speed limit, no one policing the road, no problem — then decided that the wide-open layup that he’d earned wasn’t good enough.
He got greedy because, well, that’s what the Spurs are doing as they try to seize this chance at a championship. His bullet pass to the right corner found Manu Ginobili, and the Spurs’ super sub sized up his three-pointer in the same patient, poised way that an archer hones in on his target.
Bull’s-eye. Ballgame. Two to zero series lead a foregone conclusion, even with 16 minutes of action left to play. Right?
Not so fast. The Spurs eventually held on 93-89 in overtime, but it took a late surge from Tim Duncan in the extra period to get them there.
Parker, whose knuckles underneath those racing gloves were as white as the Grizzlies’ faces as they fell behind by 18 on Ginobili’s three, finished with a career high 18 assists to go with 15 points. He had calmed the restless locals midway through the fourth for good measure, hitting a jumper in the lane that pushed the Spurs’ lead back to 10 points after the Grizzlies’ 16-6 run had cut the lead to single digits. Parker followed with a three of his own that put San Antonio up 13, and the most impressive of starts to the Spurs’ series seemed to be all but complete before Memphis’ final push.
The Grizzlies finished regulation play on a 15-2 run that forced overtime and left the AT&T Center surly and stunned. It included Zach Randolph’s long-awaited awakening, was sparked by a soaring Quincy Pondexter dunk from the right baseline over Boris Diaw, and was capped by a right-handed Conley runner going left with 18 seconds left. The Spurs had one last chance to win it in regulation, but a Duncan three at the buzzer from the left wing was … [For more on San Antonio Spurs top Memphis Grizzlies in OT Game 2, click here.]