It was almost an instant replay of the game in San Antonio back in January. A late Spurs bucket and a Grizzlies miss, sent Memphis home with an 83-82 loss Sunday night. Pau Gasol had two chances to make a big play in the final minute but couldn't. Tim Duncan didn't let him. Duncan blocked Gasol's shot with 56 seconds remaining and defended Gasol when he missed a potential game-tying layup with 5.9 seconds remaining, and the Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 83-81. Duncan had 23 points and 12 rebounds to help the Spurs stay a game ahead of Dallas for the top spot in the Western Conference. San Antonio had lost two straight games - both at home. The Spurs (59-18) trailed by seven points with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. "It's a huge win, knowing we lost two in a row and we're playing here at home," Duncan said. "Things kind of turned (in the fourth quarter). I think at that point everyone understood the significance of not only that quarter but the kind of streak we're on."
The Grizzlies (44-33) remained in sixth place in the West. Memphis, led by Jake Tsakalidis' 15 points, had won three straight games. The Spurs rallied from a seven-point deficit with 9:29 remaining in the game and went ahead by five with 5:38 to go. Duncan scored six points and had four rebounds during that stretch. But Memphis scored seven of the next nine points and tied it when Mike Miller made it 81-all on a basket with 2:06 to go. Tony Parker, who scored 19 points, put San Antonio ahead 83-81 with 1:41 to go on a pull-up jumper.
They'll host Minnesota Tuesday night at FedExForum.