JaMychal Green started in place of Zach Randolph (sore knee). Vince Carter seems to have fully thawed after his cryogenic statis and saw first quarter action for the second straight night.
The Grizzlies got off to a tepid start, shooting below 40% in the first half. Trailing 24-19 after one, it was the bench keeping Memphis in the game until Tony Parker started going wild and the Spurs built a 10 point lead up to 16. Parker was slicing through the paint with ease, garnering 16 points on 5/7 from the field (and 6/6 from the free throw line) in the first half. At the break, SAS led 53-39.
The deficit would prove to be too much to overcome. Every time the Grizzlies would pull back within 7, San Antonio was able to answer. The last stand came in the final minutes of the fourth as Memphis held the Spurs to just one field goal in a two minute span, but four quick points by Tim Duncan and a three point dagger by Kawhi Leonard sealed the deal. (Memphis' first three-point make came with 1:13 to go in the game, courtesy of Courtney Lee.)
Tony Parker's throwback night ended with 18 points (and only one assist). Leonard and Manu Ginobili combined for 33 points and as a team the Spurs forced 17 turnovers for 17 points.
For the Grizzlies, the starters simply could not get it done. Mike Conley was the only one to notch double figures, although Matt Barnes and Courtney Lee followed suit from the bench. Marc Gasol had a decent 8 point, 8 rebound, and 6 assist game, but more encouragingly, looked engaged and (dare I say) pissed off down the stretch, which he converted into positive basketball energy... if not points.