THE FACTS: Manu Ginobili's return from injury fueled the Spurs to a series-evening 93-87 victory over Memphis in Game 2 of the Western Conference first round on Wednesday at AT&T Center.
Ginobili scored 17, but perhaps more importantly the Spurs -- with the help of foul trouble -- limited the Grizzlies' Zach Randolph to 11 points (he picked up his second foul and went to the bench in the first quarter and ended up playing 26 minutes). It's Randolph's lowest playoff point total since he scored eight points against Dallas in Game 3 of the '03 Western Conference first round.
Ginobili missed Game 1 with the right elbow sprain, yet he started and played almost 34 minutes with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals tonight.
QUOTABLE: "Manu [Ginobili] elevated their team, and their crowd was much more electric. Manu is Manu. He could be in a body cast and he's still gonna make plays."
-- Memphis' Shane Battier
THE STAT: Neither team shot well (San Antonio 44 percent and Memphis less than 40), and it cost the Grizzlies more when it came to capitalizing on turnovers. The Grizzlies forced four more turnovers (19-15) but had half the points off mistakes (San Antonio had a 26-13 edge).
TURNING POINT: Memphis had weathered the storm of not having Randolph through a 10-minute stretch in the first half because of foul trouble (San Antonio outscored Memphis 18-17 during that run), and they had every chance to win the game when they were down just 82-79 to the Spurs with four minutes to go. Tony Parker (seven assists) drove the lane and was surrounded by three Memphis defenders, yet he swung a pass to Richard Jefferson (16 points) in the corner for a three. Parker then set up Antonio McDyess for a basket and the Grizzlies committed consecutive offensive fouls on their next two trips down the floor. The Spurs led 89-81 with 1:29 remaining.
QUOTABLE II: "They went after [Randolph] and attacked him defensively every time he put the ball on the floor."
-- Memphis coach Lionel Hollins
HOT: With Randolph missing almost half the game, Memphis stayed close largely because of his replacement Darrell Arthur. He hit 4-for-5 for eight points in in 21 minutes and also blocked shots three shots.
NOT: Battier made the game-winner in the series opener, but he missed his first five shots and finished 1-for-7 (also 1-for-5 from the 3-point line). O.J. Mayo made a three, but not much else. He was 2-ofor-11 and is 7-for-24 for the series.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Marc Gasol had a double-double with 12 points (despite a 2-for-9 game to follow his 9-for-10 in Game 1) and 17 rebounds.
GOOD MOVE: Tim Duncan criticized his own effort on Gasol defensively in Game 1, saying he let Gasol get too comfortable. He picked it up this time with three blocked shots, and the fact he fouled out with 1:14 left in the game was an indicator of how he was more intense on defense.
BAD MOVE: The Grizzlies backcourt of Mike Conley and Tony Allen committed four turnovers in the first game, yet they made plenty of mistakes on Wednesday. Conley had five turnovers to four assists and Allen had four turnovers.
ROOKIE WATCH: The rookies (San Antonio's Gary Neal and Memphis' Greivis Vasquez) combined for 21 minutes and nine points. Vasquez committed two turnovers in 3 ½ minutes.
NOTABLE: If there was any question how Ginobili would handle his sore elbow it came on the first possession when he fired a pass underneath to Duncan for a basket then came back on the defensive end and blocked a shot by Randolph. In the first 4 ½ minutes of the game he had four rebounds, two missed shots, a pair of free throws after an offensive rebound and an assist.
The teams were even from the 3-point line in Game 1, but San Antonio was plus 12 on 3-pointers in Game 2.
UP NEXT: Game 3 is Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ET @ Memphis. A Game 5 is now necessary and it will be April 27 in San Antonio.