Spurs Shut Down Grizzlies On Road
San Antonio 93, Memphis 83
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 16 (Ticker) -- Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs put some more physical and psychological distance between themselves and the Memphis Grizzlies.
Parker scored 28 points on 12-of-13 shooting as the Spurs shut down the Grizzlies in the fourth quarter of a 93-83 victory, their second in three days over their Southwest Division rivals.
"It was a good win against a good team, especially when you can get a win on the road," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Memphis has been playing some of the best basketball in the league at home, and anytime you can come out and get a win, it's big."
On Saturday in San Antonio, Memphis erased a 12-point deficit in the last six minutes and took the lead in the final 10 seconds, only to absorb an 80-79 loss as Ginobili connected with Tim Duncan on an alley-oop layup.
Back on their home court, the Grizzlies (23-13) wasted a golden opportunity to get even with the NBA champions. They fell behind by nine points in the second quarter, battled back to take the lead in the second half, then went ice cold in the final period.
The Grizzlies could not contain Parker, the lightning quick point guard and NBA leader in points in the paint. He repeatedly got inside the defense for easy layups and put home his only miss midway through the third quarter.
"I was very, very motivated," said Parker, who scored just 10 points and committed five turnovers Saturday. "I felt like I owed my teammates because I played so bad two nights ago. It was just one of those games. Nothing went my way. So I watched some film with (Popovich) to see what I could do better."
"If Tony can take what he did tonight, bottle it and continue to improve, we're obviously going to be a much better team than the way we've been playing," Popovich said. "I thought he did a great job of getting into the lane, and more importantly, finishing."
Late in the third period, Parker had a pair of driving layups and a free throw in a 10-2 run that gave San Antonio the lead for good at 71-64.
"Tony was unbelievable," Duncan said. "He showed a lot of patience and found the open guy when he needed to. He put on us on his back tonight and carried us when we needed."
"We focused on keeping Parker away from the rim, but we couldn't stop his dribble penetration," Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello said. "He did the same stuff, and he was very good."
Rookie Anthony Roberson sank a jumper at the 10:38 mark of the fourth quarter before the Grizzlies missed their next 10 shots. Four free throws by Ginobili pushed the advantage to 82-69 before Eddie Jones finally ended the drought with a short jumper with 4:22 remaining.
"We had a stretch where Pau (Gasol) was getting doubled and kicking the ball out and we just couldn't make a shot," Jones said. "It's up to us not to have a lot of those stretches where we can't make a shot."
Gasol scored 25 points but was shut out in the fourth quarter.
"Defensively we made some adjustments (on Gasol) and started bringing a double-team," said Duncan, who was lit up for 26 points by gasol on Saturday. "I thought we did a great job of getting there and disrupting his flow. He didn't get any looks at the basket, and it was a great adjustment by (Popovich)."
"We never really got going, and that's tough when you have a guy having the kind of night Pau had," Jones said. "We welcome Pau getting double-teamed, because we've got shooters on the floor. But there are going to be nights like tonight when the ball just doesn't go in."
The Grizzlies also lost their cool down the stretch. Both Dahntay Jones and Eddie Jones were whistled for technical fouls as they argued with referees, even though the previous calls had gone in their favor.
"We went to the basket and didn't get the calls. They went to the basket and got the calls," Eddie Jones said. "Down the stretch, they gave us calls then, but in the middle of the game, we didn't get them. ... My third foul, I was like there must be something wrong with the shot clock. I was baffled."
Duncan had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Michael Finley also scored 13 points for the Spurs, who shot 51 percent (35-of-69). Before these two wins, they had lost five of their last six to the Grizzlies.
Shane Battier and Mike Miller scored 11 points each for Memphis, which had won seven of eight before these two losses to San Antonio. The Grizzlies are five games behind the first-place Spurs in the Southwest.