The San Antonio Spurs Hold On in OT for Big Win Against the Memphis Grizzlies
Game 1 for the San Antonio Spurs went almost exactly as planned as they won 105-83 and dominated from the opening tip. That was not the case however in Tuesday nights game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Spurs started off the way they wanted to and by halftime had a 46-31 lead. They still had a fairly comfortable lead of twelve after the third quarter, but then came the forth quarter. The Grizzlies suddenly came alive as they outscored the Spurs 21-9 in the final quarter to force overtime.
Head Coach Greg Popovich gathered the team before the overtime in an attempt to regain their composure. That is exactly what they did as they only allowed four points in the overtime. The Spurs won with a final score of 93-89 which gives them a 2-0 lead in this series. Tony Parker lead the Spurs once again scoring 15 points and had a personal playoff record of 18 assists. Tim Duncan (Pictured on the Right) and Tiago Splitter's low post defense once again proved key as they made life tough for Grizzlies center Zach Randolph. He did have a little more success last night as he scored 15 points, but the constant pressure was obviously bothering him. Although he is wider than Duncan and Splitter, their length allowed them to make him feel uncomfortable all night.
San Antonio is hoping to avoid a similar collapse that they had last year though. They had a 2-0 lead on the Oklahoma City Thunder last year and then proceeded to lose the next four games on their way out of the playoffs. Game 3 is set for Saturday from the FedEx Forum in Memphis with tip-off coming at 8:00 pm.