Notebook: Spurs 104, Grizzlies 93



Posted May 26, 2013 1:21 AM

Marlon W. Morgan, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Spurs' Big 3 of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili combined for 69 points as San Antonio beat Memphis 104-93 in overtime Saturday to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Parker scored a game-high 26 points and Duncan had 24 points and 10 rebounds.

QUOTABLE: "We had maybe eight turnovers in the first quarter. It looked like those five guys (the starters) had been asleep since Tuesday, and so we thought we might as well get five different bodies out there and at least start to compete and not be as sloppy as that group looked."

-- San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich on replacing all five starters in the first quarter when the Spurs fell behind as many as 18 points.

THE STAT: The Spurs opened the game shooting 21.1 percent (4-for-19) in the first quarter and trailed the Grizzlies 29-13 heading into the second quarter. But they got going in the second period, shooting 64.7 percent (11-for-17) to pull to within 44-40 at the half. They also picked up their defense in the second quarter, holding Memphis to 30.4 percent (7-for-of 23) shooting after allowing the Grizzlies to shoot 48 percent (12-for-25) in the first quarter.

TURNING POINT: After watching the Spurs pull out of an 18-point hole to trail by two, the Grizzlies pushed their lead back to 61-52 late in the third quarter. But San Antonio again used a 12-4 run to close out the quarter, trailing just 65-64.

HOT: At 37, Duncan is determined to will his team back to the NBA Finals. After scoring six of his team's eight points in an overtime win in Game 2, Duncan had seven points in overtime Saturday, including the first five to give his team a lead it would not relinquish.

NOT: The Grizzlies will look to their horrendous free throw shooting as a reason they weren't able to close out the game in regulation. The Grizzlies were 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) from the free throw line, which included a pair of misses in the final 2:22 of regulation.

QUOTABLE II: "Yeah, it is frustrating, but it gives us hope at the same time, knowing that we can fight our way back, and we have had chances to win each one of these games. This one was a tough one to swallow. But it's a good learning lesson, and there's no group of guys I'd rather be with down 3-0 to try to fight back in it."

-- Grizzlies guard Mike Conley

NOTABLE: Conley led the Grizzlies with 20 points, but missed a potential game-winner when this drive to the basket failed to go in, sending the game into overtime. He was 8-for-21 from the floor. ... Grizzlies' forward Zach Randolph continues to struggle, scoring 14 points on 5-for-14 shooting. He did have 15 rebounds. Marc Gasol had 16 points and 14 boards. ... The loss was the Grizzlies' first home loss in six playoff games this year. The Grizzlies have lost just twice at FedExForum since Feb. 8. ... Teams that have led 3-0 in a seven-game series are 107-0. ... The Spurs committed 17 turnovers including eight in the first quarter. They entered the game averaging 11.3 in the playoffs, ranking second to the Grizzlies who were at 10.6. They had 10 in Game 3. ... Duncan's double-double was his 144th in the postseason as he passed Wilt Chamberlain for second place in NBA history behind Magic Johnson. ... Danny Green was averaging 10.6 points in the playoffs and 13.5 against the Grizzlies. But he was held to three points Saturday night.

UP NEXT: Game 4 in Memphis, Monday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)