Spurs vs. Grizzlies final: San Antonio defeats Memphis in OT

Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Tony Parker and the Spurs needed every bit of additional rest to hold off the Grizzlies in overtime.

The San Antonio Spurs needed all the additional rest they could get, as it took until overtime for them to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 99-95.

The Spurs took a seven-point lead into overtime and managed to hold off a late rally by the Grizzlies to claim their 14th victory of the season.

The contest was back and fourth in the first half, but the Grizzlies outscored the Spurs by 12 in the third quarter to open things up. However, San Antonio clawed back and hit a game-tying three-pointer with under a minute left to send the contest into overtime.

The Spurs were led by Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, who scored 30 and 27 points. Memphis relied on a team effort offensively, as Darrell Arthur (10), Rudy Gay (15), Zach Randolph (17), Mike Conley Jr. (18) and Marc Gasol (20) all finished with double-digit scoring totals.

This contest received significant attention given the events leading up to tip-off. Thursday night, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich started a league-wide controversy when he elected not to play three starters, including Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Danny Green, as well as key bench player Manu Ginobili, against the Miami Heat.

Miami was San Antonio’s sixth road game in the past nine days, and Popovich was hoping to rest players in preparation of tonight’s showdown against Memphis.

The Spurs entered the game trailing the Grizzlies by half of a game in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference. San Antonio forward Danny Green exited the game and didn’t return due to a left hamstring injury.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.