It was over.
The Spurs led the Grizzlies by 12 points with 1:35 remaining in the game and were in absolute control. Then everything just exploded. Memphis came all the way back to force overtime on a Mike Conley runner at the buzzer, but it was all for naught.
Manu Ginobili squeezed his way through a couple of Grizzlies defenders to lay it in with 1.8 seconds remaining and take the two-point lead, and a deep Conley three-ball was off the mark as the Spurs won a wild one in Memphis, 110-108. The 37-year-old Tim Duncan went for 24 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 38 minutes, and Ginobili had two huge plays in the final seconds of both regulation and overtime.
On the other side, Conley was unreal with 30 points in 42 minutes, as he and James Johnson (15 points) did everything they could to will this team to a win.
Kings 123, Blazers 119
It was a wonderful start to the season, but the Trail Blazers have hit their first rough patch of the season. A couple of nights after losing at home to the bottom-end Sixers, Portland dropped another to a cellar-dwellar, this time in a 123-119 loss on the road in Sacramento.
But, man, the Kings were awesome offensively. DeMarcus Cousins went for 35 points and 13 boards, Rudy Gay scored 32 and Isaiah Thomas filled it up with 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in another impressive win for this team. On the flip side, Portland got 41 points from Damian Lillard and 24 from LaMarcus Aldridge and couldn't come out with the win.
The story will continue to be the Blazers defense, which forced only eight turnovers and allowed the Kings to shoot 47 percent from the floor, including 7-of-15 from deep.
They tried to give it away, but the Knicks survived a Pistons comeback bid in the fourth quarter to hang on for the 89-85 win. New York had a 15-point lead after three, but, of course, they made it interesting.
Carmelo Anthony went for 34 points on 24 shots, and he notched four steals in the process. And this was hardly a shootout. The Knicks managed just 40 percent shooting, but it was better than Detroit's 37-percent mark. And even more impressively, New York won this without Tyson Chandler.
Josh Smith combined for 40 points on the night, but the Pistons hit just 3-of-19 from deep. Which is their modus operandi. Also...
Jazz 112, Thunder 101
Life in Oklahoma City is tough enough without Russell Westbrook, but it's even more brutal without Serge Ibaka. The hurting Thunder took their act on the road to Utah with their starting power forward battling the flu, and the Jazz were waiting.
Gordon Hayward dropped 37 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to fight off Kevin Durant's 48-point explosion — his second in the last week — and Utah grabbed a big 112-101 win at home. Reggie Jackson had 20 points for OKC, but the rest of the Thunder roster scored just 33 points combined.
In the feel-good win for Utah, every starter scored in double figures.
It's been three games since Andre Miller was suspended, and the Nuggets have won all three. Denver dropped a giant number on the Celtics on Tuesday, taking the 129-98 win at home.
Ty Lawson put up 19 points and 13 assists, Kenneth Faried scored 21 and grabbed 13 rebounds and Randy Foye led the team with 23 points in the huge win. The Nuggets had 30 assists and shot 51 percent from the floor in what was an all-around dominant performance.
Boston, however, is dropping very fast. The team shot just 38 percent from the floor and was outrebounded 56-35 in the loss.
Dallas has been in struggle-mode lately, but all it took to bust the slump was a visit from lowly Los Angeles. The Mavericks cruised to a 110-97 win over the Lakers to push their record to 20-15 on the season.
Dirk Nowitzki went for 27 points and Monta Ellis filled up the box score with 16 points, nine assists and five steals in the win. Dallas shot 52 percent against the paltry L.A. defense and held things together on their end, allowing the Lakers just 42-percent shooting.
The Warriors are good; the Bucks aren't. This remained true on Tuesday night. Golden State went in and rolled Milwaukee, 101-80, to extend its winning streak to 10 games and push its record to 24-13 on the year.
David Lee went for 22 points and 18 rebounds, and the Warriors dominated the boards, 54-37, and locked down defensively on the worst team in the league.
It's been an eventful 24 hours for the Cavs, culminating in an unbelievable show from C.J. Miles on Tuesday night. The swingman hit 10 threes on his way to 34 points as Cleveland blew out Philadelphia, 111-93.
All this after Andrew Bynum was dealt to Chicago — where he was waived — in exchange for Luol Deng. The 10 threes were just two away from tying the NBA record set by Donyell Marshall and matched by Kobe Bryant. Miles' 34 points weren't even a career high, as he set that back in 2011 with a 40-point effort as a member of the Utah Jazz.
Michael Carter-Williams continues to cement himself as the NBA's Rookie of the Year with a 33-point, six-rebound, five-assist performance.
Just when the Bulls trade Luol Deng and look ready to go straight to the lottery, and just when the Suns look to be cementing themselves as a playoff team in the Western Conference, this happens.
Somehow, without Carlos Boozer, Chicago was able to hang on at home against pesky Phoenix, 92-87, behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from Taj Gibson and 14 points, 16 boards and six assists from Joakim Noah.
At 20-13, Phoenix has been amazing this year, but anything can happen in this league.
New Orleans has been on the rise as of late, but Miami wasn't messing around in the slightest on Tuesday. The Heat destroyed the Pelicans 107-88 and looked like the defending champs that they are.
Miami also got 15 points from Chris Andersen, whose normally just a "dirty work" guy.
The Pelicans got 22 points, 12 boards, three steals and two blocks from Anthony Davis, but he got very little support.
The Raptors have been good lately, but the Pacers showed why they're best in the East. Indiana stifled the Toronto attack and took another win at home, 86-79.
Toronto managed just 37 percent shooting and was crushed on the boards, 53-36, and Roy Hibbert's 22 points and eight boards were good enough to lead the winning charge. The Pacers hit just one three in this game and committed six more turnovers than the Raptors, which means their defense was extra good in this one.
As the battle in the East rages on, these two teams are sure to have some sort of say in the matter. But on this night, the Wizards dominated the suddenly slipping Bobcats, 97-83, in Charlotte.
Gerald Henderson had 27 points for the Bobcats as his solid run continued.