The San Antonio Spurs tried to pull away early as Tim Duncan began the game in vintage playoff form, scoring scored 11 points in the first nine minutes helping the Spurs build an early double-digit lead.
However, the Memphis Grizzlies would not go easy away that easily. They came back roaring and led 68-65 entering the fourth period.
From there, it’s was a frantic finish.
With the Spurs down 95-92, Manu Ginobili made a tough two-pointer with 2.2 seconds left.
Zach Randolph stretched the Grizzlies’ lead back to three with two free throws on the ensuing possession.
The Spurs were almost done. With 1.7 seconds left in regulation, they needed a 3-pointer to send the game into over time.
And with their season on the line, instead of Manu, Parker or Duncan taking the final shot, the Spurs turned to rookie Gary Neal.