Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Tony Parker had 20 points and five assists
as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-86, on Friday
Tiago Splitter added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Spurs, who have won
nine straight games. Manu Ginobili netted 15 points to go with seven assists
and five rebounds in the triumph.
Mike Conley tallied 28 points and four steals, while Zach Randolph registered
16 points and 10 boards for Memphis, which had its four-game winning streak
Marc Gasol left early in the second quarter with an apparent left knee injury
in a non-contact situation.
After Tony Allen's jumper helped the Grizzlies overcome a nine point fourth-
quarter hole and pulled Memphis within 79-78 midway through the frame, the
Spurs answered with an 8-0 spurt to help them seize control of the contest.
Parker netted the first six points of the flurry before Tim Duncan got a
friendly roll on a right elbow jumper for an 87-78 San Antonio cushion with
4:37 to go.
"They made a run like we expected them to. This is the NBA. That's how it
works," said Duncan. "We kept our composure and made some plays at the right
Memphis never threatened again.
"It wasn't a lack of defense. It was more so that they were making plays,"
said Conley. "They made some big-time plays down the stretch."
San Antonio took a 26-21 advantage after a quarter of play and a 9-2 swing
early in the second helped it build a 34-25 edge.
The Spurs led 51-37 at the break and 71-65 after three.
San Antonio has won 10 of its last 12 against Memphis ... Kawhi Leonard had 12
points and nine rebounds for the Spurs ... San Antonio shot 53.2 percent (42-
of-79) from the floor.
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