Grizzlies pull within 2-1 of Spurs with 105-94 win
Apr 25 2017 by Irving Hamilton
Gasol hit a 12-foot floater with 0.7 seconds left in overtime, and the Grizzlies beat the Spurs 110-108 on Saturday night to even their Western Conference first-round series at 2-2. The No. 2 seed Spurs lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 over the No. 7 seed Grizzlies after Memphis defeated San Antonio 105-94 on Thursday.
Tony Parker added 22 points for the Spurs two nights after he didn't score and wasn't credited with an assist in San Antonio's Game 3 loss.
Pau Gasol was the only San Antonio player with double-digit rebounds with 11, and the Grizzlies dominated the boards 51-37.
"I thought at that point, we lost a little bit of composure and a little bit of confidence, and the rest ensued".
"It's tough.as much as me and big fella have been together", Clippers point guard Chris Paul said. "It got to a point where you just knew if he got a shot off it was going in".
Leonard carried the Spurs into the overtime by scoring their last 16 points. It also was Fizdale's first postseason victory as a head coach.
He said that it's "unacceptable" that Zach Randolph had zero free-throw attempts compared to Leonard's 19 trips to the charity stripe.
Gasol delivered the game-winning shot dramatic fashion.
Memphis has outscored the Spurs by an average of 5.2 points per 48 minutes in the 102 minutes that point guard Mike Conley has been on the court in this series. He scored 40% of SA's points, including their last 16 of regulation.
"He wants us to understand what's going on on the floor and how important the opportunity is for us", Leonard said. Andrew Harrison, 22, came off the bench for some key minutes, including a critical block in overtime that might have saved the game for Memphis.
The Spurs had a 10-point lead in the first quarter and an opportunity to take away the Grizzlies' hope. Toronto's P.J. Tucker helped contain the Bucks' All-Star with physical play in the post in the fourth quarter.
As improbable as a tied series seemed after Game 2, the Grizzlies ensured they will be playing at least one more game at home when they'll go back to Memphis for Game 6.
After catching the ball on the left wing with Memphis up 20 and well on its way to cutting the Spurs' series lead to 2-1, Selden looked to throw an entry pass to Randolph before realizing that would be a bad idea. They finished 16 of 28 (57.1 percent).
Memphis escaped with a 110-108 overtime victory in Game 4 on Saturday, outshooting San Antonio from beyond the arc, 44 percent to 30 percent, and from the field overall, 46.3 percent to 42.3 percent. Memphis has a lot of weapons both in the starting lineup and on the bench.
The Grizzlies took very good care of the ball, with only two turnovers through three quarters. In these cases the Memphis Grizzlies were able to capitalize on the Spurs mistake and have them down by twelve in a few possessions. San Antonio turned it over 12 times, and Memphis converted those into 13 points.