Spurs Vs. Grizzlies, Game 5: San Antonio Stays Alive With Overtime Win, 110-103

The Spurs barely survived regulation thanks to Gary Neal. Once in overtime, they took over, winning Game 5 110-103 and averting a humiliating playoff exit.

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San Antonio Spurs Survive In 5: Now, Can The Grizzlies Answer In Game 6?

The San Antonio Spurs needed a miracle Gary Neal three-pointer to survive regulation against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night, and even in overtime, Memphis took Tony Parker and the Spurs to the absolute brink. But the Spurs survived. Now? The pressure's back on the Grizzlies.

It wasn't so much poor execution that doomed Memphis down the stretch Wednesday; the Spurs just hit a series of incredible shots, and refused to disappear. Criticizing the Grizzlies on Wednesday sort of misses the point. The didn't lose it, the Spurs won it.

Besides, a Grizzlies win on Wednesday would have been on icing on the cake; on the road, with the Spurs facing elimination, it would have been a surprise. Now that both teams are headed back to Memphis, the Grizzlies find themselves in the unfamiliar position of being expected to win.

And much like the Spurs won Game 5, it's up to Memphis to go out and take Game 6 at home. The Spurs may be old, injured, and on the brink of extinction, but they won't go down easy. More than anything else, that's what Wednesday night proved, when everyone wondered whether the Spurs could defend their home turf. 

Now the questions are about Memphis. Will they crack under the pressure? Can Zach Randolph and Tony Allen keep this up? Will Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo show up in Game 6? Can Lionel Hollins continue to match wits with one of the best coaches the NBA's ever seen?

They'll be at home when they answer all these questions, but it won't be easy. There's nothing like playoff pressure, and for the first time all series, that pressure's on the Memphis Grizzlies.


Spurs Vs. Grizzlies, Final Score: Gary Neal Helps San Antonio Stay Alive In 110-103 OT Win

Gary Neal gave San Antonio new life and the Spurs capitalized on their overtime opportunity remain alive in their first- round series with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Neal hit the tying three-pointer at the end of regulation, and the Spurs surged in overtime for a 110-103 win over the Grizzlies to send this Western Conference quarterfinal series to a sixth game.

San Antonio, still in danger of becoming the first top-seeded team to lose a best-of-seven series in the first round, is behind 3-2 to the No. 8 seeded Grizzlies. Game 6 is Friday night in Memphis.

Tony Parker scored six of his 24 points in the extra session and had nine assists for the Spurs, who received a game-high 33 points from Manu Ginobili. Tim Duncan had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Zach Randolph had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies, who also got 20 points from Mike Conley. Marc Gasol added 11 points and 17 rebounds, but his air ball led to a 24-second violation in the last minute of overtime.

Be sure to see our Spurs vs. Grizzlies hub for full series coverage. For more on the Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock. For more on the Grizzlies, visit Straight Outta Vancouver.


Spurs Vs. Grizzlies Score: Neal's Buzzer-Beater Sends Game To Overtime, 97-97

The San Antonio Spurs will not go gentle into that good night after all.

With seconds remaining, Manu Ginobli’s hit a game-tying three-pointer that looked to send the game to overtime. Instead it was reversed and called a two.

After two Memphis free throws, the Spurs looked out of chances to redeem their season. That’s when Gary Neal took the ball at the top of the three-point line and drilled a three-pointer, sending the game to overtime, tied at 97-97.

The fire folks have been waiting to see from the Spurs seems to have finally appeared and just in time. Ginobli and Parker have put the team on their backs, scoring 30 and 29 respectively. Tim Duncan has 13 points and 11 rebounds.

For Memphis, Zach Randolph leads the way with 24 points.

And now, five minutes separate the Grizzlies from one of the biggest playoff upsets in NBA history. Or the Spurs from preventing it…for now.


Spurs Vs. Grizzlies Score: Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan Give San Antonio Halftime Lead, 50-42

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili combined for 30 first half points as the San Antonio Spurs headed into the break leading the Memphis Grizzlies, 50-42. It's been a two-man game for San Antonio, with Duncan suddenly springing life after a lackluster Game 4. On the brink of elimination, down 3-1 to the Grizzlies, the Spurs have responded and are 24 minutes away from extending the series to Game 6.

Mike Conley scored a team-high 16 points in the half, but the Grizzlies' offense was stagnant in many ways. Zach Randolph added six points and Marc Gasol had just two points but grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Tony Parker was the puppet-master for San Antonio in the first half, scoring just six points but dishing-out eight assists. Matt Bonner came off the bench to add five points, with Gary Neal adding four.

Be sure to see our Spurs vs. Grizzlies hub for full series coverage. For more on the Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock. For more on the Grizzlies, visit Straight Outta Vancouver.


Spurs Vs. Grizzlies, Game 5: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Face Improbable Elimination

The San Antonio Spurs are one loss away from being eliminated for NBA Championship contention in the team's best season in years. The Spurs hadn't won 60 games since 2006, and had the NBA's best record until the very last day of the 2010-11 regular season. But on Wednesday, the Memphis Grizzlies can end the Spurs' title hopes with a win (8:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV).

The Grizzlies opened up a 3-1 series lead by sweeping both games at the FedEx Forum over the past week; it was the first playoff games Memphis had seen since 2006, and inarguably the most exciting since the very first postseason trip the Grizzlies made back when the team was still at The Pyramid. After splitting the first two games in San Antonio, Memphis rode its confidence, its impressive post attack and measured play from a surprisingly effective backcourt manned by Mike Conley, Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo.

The Spurs haven't been able to keep up. Tim Duncan has struggled to stop either Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, never mind both. Tony Parker was expected to hold a huge advantage over Conley, but that matchup's been a draw. Manu Ginobili missed Game 1 with an elbow injury, dominated Game 2 upon his return, but for the series has shot worse than 40 percent, and is just 3-11 from behind the arc.

Now, it comes down to three Game 7s for San Antonio, beginning Wednesday at the AT&T Center. Be sure to see our Spurs vs. Grizzlies hub for full series coverage. For more on the Spurs, visit Pounding The Rock. For more on the Grizzlies, visit Straight Outta Vancouver.

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