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Grizzlies rally to defeat Spurs in Game 4

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Behind an explosive home playoff crowd for the second consecutive game, the Memphis Grizzlies erupted in the third quarter to blow by the No. 1 seeded San Antonio Spurs and take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. A 30-15 third frame turned a two-point halftime deficit—the Grizzlies’ first of the series—into a 13-point lead entering the game’s final quarter. The decisive third began with 14-straight Grizzlies points out of the locker room.

When the Spurs re-gained composure and cut the lead back to five (68-63), Memphis responded by closing the quarter on a 10-2 spurt. Memphis shook off a slow start that saw San Antonio outshoot them .632-.421 in the first frame to hold a 26-21 advantage after 12 minutes. Mike Conley continued his steady postseason play and led the Grizzlies with 15 points and seven assists in team effort that saw nine Memphis players score at least eight points. Darrell Arthur added 14 off the bench with a number of deadly jumpers and highlight-reel dunks, finishing 7-of-10 from the field.

Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 23 points, including 19 in the first half on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting. Tim Duncan, on the other hand, was held to just six points in the fifth-lowest scoring game of his 174-game playoff career.

San Antonio had another uncharacteristically bad night from the perimeter, hitting just 5-of-18 from downtown (.278) San Antonio has now shot just .308 from three in four playoffs games after hitting a league-best .397 from long range in the regular season.

The Grizzlies scored 20 points off 17 turnovers while allowing just six points off their nine miscues. The Grizzlies now sit just one game away from becoming the second No. 8 seed (2006-07 Golden State Warriors) to knock off a No. 1 in a best-of-seven series.