|Date of game: 12/30/2014
Recap: Memphis vs. San Antonio
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Conley filled the stat sheet with 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists to guide the Memphis Grizzlies to a 95-87 win over the short-handed San Antonio Spurs.
Marc Gasol chipped in 17 points and nine boards for the Grizzlies, who exacted a bit of revenge on the Spurs. San Antonio snapped Memphis' franchise-record 22-game home winning streak on Dec. 5. The teams then played a triple-overtime thriller won by the Grizzlies, 117-116, on Dec. 17.
Tayshaun Prince totaled 12 points for the Grizzlies, who have won back-to-back contests following a four-game skid.
"We executed defensively," Gasol said. "Offensively I think we did a pretty good job of moving the ball."
The Spurs, who played without Kawhi Leonard (bruised right hand) and Tony Parker (strained left hamstring), lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Marco Belinelli and Cory Joseph each had 18 points for San Antonio. Tim Duncan chipped in nine points and 10 rebounds.
"It hurts to be in a position like this and still be able to hypothetically win a game, but just can't get over that hump," Duncan said.
The Grizzlies, off to their best start in franchise history at 23-8, trailed by only a point, twice. Both of those times came in the early stages of the game.
Memphis shot 13-of-21 in the first quarter, led by a 7-of-8, 16-point effort from Conley. The hosts embarked on an 11-1 burst, capped off by a layup from Tony Allen and a technical free throw from Courtney Lee for a 13-4 lead.
Conley's 3-pointer in the waning seconds provided a 30-20 cushion after 12 minutes.
The Spurs struggled to a 6-of-19 shooting performance in the second quarter, and trailed 52-38 at the break. The visitors were behind 74-63 going to the fourth.
Duncan's jumper had the Spurs within 80-77 midway through the fourth, but Gasol countered with a jumper and Prince nailed a long-range 2-pointer for an 84-77 edge. Conley then made two from the charity stripe with 3:37 left to cap the 6-0 run and essentially seal the outcome.Game Notes
Conley went 10-of-13 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range ...
Patty Mills scored 10 for the Spurs, who were 5-of-22 from beyond the arc.
Belinelli made four of those shots ... San Antonio had won its previous five