– Tim Duncan scored the first five points of overtime Saturday night, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-93 and move a win away from the NBA finals.
The Spurs grabbed a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals and have won five straight this postseason. With the memory of blowing a 2-0 lead a year ago in the West finals to Oklahoma City, when they lost the next four, the Spurs shook off their sloppy play early and pushed the young Grizzlies to the edge of elimination in the first West final played in Memphis.
San Antonio, which didn’t lead this game until the opening minute of the fourth quarter, can wrap up the series Monday in Memphis and get back to the finals for the first time since their last title in 2007.
The Spurs hit eight of their 10 shots in overtime, with Duncan scoring seven of his 24 points. Tony Parker had five of his 26 in overtime, and even Tiago Splitter, playing with four fouls, scored six in the extra five minutes to finish with 11.
GRIZZLIES: Coach Lionel Hollins said whether Tony Allen hit his head on the floor or not — Allen was fined $5,000 by the NBA for flopping — had nothing to do with the flagrant foul. Allen was grabbed out of the air by Spurs guard Manu Ginobili on a fast-break drive, and Hollins said it didn’t matter if Allen hit his head.
“They reviewed it, they still called it a flagrant,” Hollins said. “Flopping is not a part of the game and shouldn’t be a part of the game. That’s why we have rules in place. There’s probably a few more that could be called on a lot of people.”