SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Ja Morant and Desmond Bane had 32 factors every and the Memphis Grizzlies beat San Antonio 124-122 in extra time Wednesday evening, handing the Spurs their fifth straight loss.
“Early within the season for us to have a pair video games the place we go down the stretch or go into extra time and having the ability to nonetheless come out with a win is huge time for us,” Morant stated. “We all know each recreation just isn’t going to be a blowout. So, having these reps helps us lots.”
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Memphis received its seventh straight over San Antonio.
Dillon Brooks added 13 factors and Steven Adams had 19 rebounds and 7 factors. Brooks had three factors in extra time and Bane scored six straight factors within the remaining 2 1/2 minutes to assist power extra time.
“Undoubtedly a loopy recreation general, not simply the end,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins stated. “Runs from each groups. I stated earlier than the sport how onerous the Spurs play. Tons of credit score to Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) and the group. This was an amazing problem for us. We realized lots.”
Memphis opened extra time on a 9-2 run, however San Antonio practically stole the sport within the remaining seconds.
Jeremy Sochan scored 4 factors in 5 seconds, together with a dunk off an inbounds steal that pulled the Spurs inside 123-122 with 14.3 seconds remaining. After Morant made one in every of two free throws, Devin Vassell’s 3-pointer hit the facet of the rim as extra time ended.
“It felt good. Good play,” Vassell stated. “What extra can I ask for? Good look. It simply doesn’t fall generally.”
Vassell and Jakob Poeltl had 22 factors every and Keldon Johnson added 16.
There have been 4 lead adjustments within the remaining three minutes of regulation.
After San Antonio compelled a shot-clock violation on Memphis’ remaining possession of the fourth quarter, Johnson had a five-foot floater certain and roll on the rim earlier than dropping off.
San Antonio closed the third quarter on a 20-8 run capped by Josh Richardson’s floater as time expired following two offensive rebounds.
“They’re a very good group,” Bane stated. “They play onerous. They’re coached properly.”
Morant had 10 factors within the first quarter, making each of his 3-point makes an attempt and throwing down a windmill dunk in site visitors that awed the group.
Memphis would lead by 14 factors within the opening quarter earlier than San Antonio had the primary of a number of rallies. There have been 4 lead adjustments and 4 ties because the Grizzlies constructed leads solely to have the Spurs reply.
Grizzlies: Former San Antonio G Danny Inexperienced obtained a heat ovation because the Spurs honored him previous to the sport as a part of their fiftieth Anniversary celebration. Inexperienced has not performed for Memphis this season as he recovers from offseason surgical procedure on his left knee.
Spurs: Former San Antonio PG Tony Parker, who was sitting courtside, was honored by the Spurs within the first half with a video of his profession highlights. Parker spent all however one in every of his 18 seasons in San Antonio, guiding the Spurs to 4 NBA titles. Parker owns France’s ASVEL Basket, the present group of projected No. 1 decide Victor Wembanyama. … C Zach Collins suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula. There isn’t any timetable for his return. Collins suffered a left decrease leg contusion Nov. 4 in opposition to the Clippers, however an MRI revealed a fracture.
The Spurs have misplaced 5 straight in what Popovich has acknowledged is a season of growth for his younger squad.
Whereas a five-game shedding streak just isn’t splendid, Vassell realizes the group and its followers must be affected person as he and others tackle new and bigger roles.
“Look man, I don’t assume we got here into the season pondering we had been going to be undefeated,” Vassell stated. “Win some, you lose some, however on the finish of the day so long as we’re competing each recreation and we’re getting higher. As you all see, we’re getting higher on the market proper now. We’re 12 video games in, who actually cares (a couple of shedding streak)? By the point we’re 20, 30, 40 video games in, we flip the change.”
Grizzlies: Host Minnesota on Friday.
Spurs: Host Milwaukee on Friday.