All the signs were there, as the well-rested San Antonio Spurs had the Memphis Grizzlies returning to their 2011 ways, struggling to close out a close 4th quarter game.
Allowing 27 4th-quarter points, the Grizzlies let a 14-point lead slip through their hands, thanks to San Antonio's 'Big Three.'
Tony Parker, as expected, was tremendous, pushing Mike Conley on defense and scoring 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting. Tim Duncan looked about as refreshed as ever, dropping 21 first-half points, finishing with 27 and 15. Manu Ginobili hit a few rough patches, shooting just 4-of-15 on the night and turning the ball over 6 times, but he was responsible for 6 steals of his own and did hit the three that sent the game into overtime.
Again, ladies and gentlemen, the 'Big Three.'
As for the Grizzlies, there was little, in general, to like about their performance, including the return of the 4th quarter struggle.
Marc Gasol played well (20 points on 10-of-16 shooting), but failed to get to the free-throw line once and we never really saw the offense run through his hands much on the high post. Mike Conley played well on offense, dishing 12 dimes, but as noted, struggled on defense.
Zach Randolph was just downright bad, shooting 5-of-21 from the floor. He couldn't get anything to fall.
Wayne Ellington almost didn't exist.
The triumvirate of Quincy Pondexter, Jerryd Bayless and Marreese Speights combined to shoot just 3-of-20 from the floor. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 36% from the field.
It also didn't help that they turned the ball over 19 times to the Spurs' 16 turnovers.
Again, not much to like.
I will say that, yes, the Spurs were rested and the Grizzlies were coming off a grind-em-out home win over the Pistons the night prior, but, I'm not going to make any excuses.
You have to find a way to close that game out. Simply put.
|Final - 12.1.2012||1||2||3||4||OT 1||Total|
|San Antonio Spurs||21||24||15||27||12||99|
Next up for the Grizzlies is the Phoenix Suns. Hopefully they'll get back on track as they have two nights off.
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