Is everybody out there still breathing?
In the most hectic game of the season so far, the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the Spurs 117-116 in a triple overtime, heart-attack-inducing, instant classic in San Antonio. I've only given three of my takeaways, because if I wrote about them all I'd still be writing this piece a week from now:
1) Vinsane in the Membrane
Vince Carter followed up his then-season-high 16-point outing against Golden State Tuesday night with a much-needed 18-point performance in which the veteran splashed five three-pointers and dished out a critical assist to Courtney Lee in double overtime. Much like in the Warriors game, Carter caught fire in the first half, dropping in three triples in rapid succession to help the Grizzlies extend their lead to as many as 23.
It all started with this pretty elevator doors play that resulted in a wide open Vince three-ball late in the first quarter:
2) EVERYBODY WAS CLUTCH. EVERYBODY.
As much as I would love to include a Vine of every clutch shot in this game, that's just not possible. The only Grizzlies game I can ever recall that had close to this many huge shots was the triple overtime loss to the Thunder in 2011.
Here's a list of makes tonight that each warranted its own Sam Cassell Big Balls Dance:
- 4th Quarter 0:07 — Mike Conley three to tie the game
- 4th Quarter 0:02 — Danny Green triple to put the Spurs up three
- 4th Quarter 0:00 — MARC GASOL STEP-THROUGH BANK 30-FOOTER TO SEND IT TO OVERTIME
- OT 0:09 — Marc Gasol layup for the tie
- 2OT 0:02 — Courtney Lee three off an assist from Carter to put Memphis up two
- 2OT 0:00 — Ridiculous contested Tim Duncan two-point jumper to send it to a third overtime
- 3OT 0:58 — Zach Randolph step-back fadeaway to extend the Grizzlies lead to two possessions
- 3OT 0:40 — Danny Green triple to cut the Memphis lead to one and keep the San Antonio alive
3) The Grizzlies Finally Won in San Antonio
As you may have seen, the Grizzlies last victory against the Spurs in San Antonio came all the way back on April 17th of 2011, when a late Shane Battier three-pointer gave Memphis its first playoff victory in franchise history. Since then the Spurs have dominated Memphis, and held a nine-game winning streak over the Grizzlies until tonight.
That streak was finally snapped tonight, and it's tough to envision a more fun/stressful/incredible way to do it than with a triple overtime instant classic like this one.