MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 22 (Ticker) -- Mike Miller nearly gave the Memphis Grizzlies a spectacular win in their first home playoff game. Now their first postseason appears all but over.

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Miller was just long on a game-winning 3-point attempt at the buzzer, allowing the San Antonio Spurs to escape with a 95-93 victory and a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round series.

The defending champion Spurs trailed by as many as 10 points but took the lead for good, 92-91, on a lefthanded jump hook by Tim Duncan with 1:37 remaining. But San Antonio gave Memphis numerous chances down the stretch.

Tony Parker split the Grizzlies for 18 points and six assists.
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Bruce Bowen airballed a free throw before sinking his second attempt to open a 93-91 edge with 28 seconds left. Bowen forced Bonzi Wells into a difficult jumper, Manu Ginobili grabbed the rebound for San Antonio and was fouled with nine seconds to play.

Ginobili split a pair of free throws to make it 94-91 and, after a timeout, Memphis' Pau Gasol dunked to reduce the deficit to one point with 4.6 seconds left.

"We were trying to get the split and get the three, but I had the wide-open layup," Gasol said. "I took it -- you got to react fast."

Ginobili was fouled a second later and again split two free throws, giving the Grizzlies a chance to tie or win. Miller pulled up some five feet shy of the top of the arc, but his shot bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer.

"I thought (the shot) was in, to be honest with you, but all you can do is hope for a good look," Miller said. "I thought it was down. I take that shot every day."

"We got the ball to Mike Miller and he was still able to penetrate," said Grizzlies coach Hubie Brown, who received the Coach of the Year award before the game. "We will take our chances with Mike from there."

Duncan collected 22 points and 13 rebounds and Tony Parker and Hedo Turkoglu scored 18 apiece for the Spurs, who surrendered just 36 points in the second half.

"They have a hole to get out of," Duncan said. "The win was great. Situations like that sometimes don't play out."

San Antonio goes for the sweep on Sunday in Memphis.

"There's another game here on Sunday and it will be just as crazy," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "They're going to come and play to win. They don't care that they're down 3-0, I guarantee it. They've got a lot of great kids on that team."

The Grizzlies jumped out to a 22-12 lead, but the Spurs closed the first quarter on a 17-6 run. Memphis scored the first eight points of the second period, opened a 48-38 lead with just under four minutes remaining and took a 57-50 edge to the locker room after shooting 58 percent (25-of-43).

The Spurs tied it, 74-74, heading into the fourth quarter and took their biggest lead, 82-76, on a turnaround jumper by Duncan with 8:57 left. Memphis went on a 12-4 run over the next 4 1/2 minutes and the game was tight thereafter.

Gasol had 18 points and Jason Williams 15 for the Grizzlies, who were outrebounded, 48-31, and gave up 21 offensive rebounds.

"This is a tough one to swallow," said Miller, who scored 12 points. "We played hard and did everything we needed to win. When you have a good defense like they have, you can't get open shots. They made their shots and we did not make ours."