The Spurs, led by 24 points from DeMar DeRozan, including an apparent game-winner to put the Spurs ahead with 1.2 seconds left, suffered a heart-breaking loss to the Grizzlies as Marc Gasol hit free throws to give the Grizzlies the win with just 0.7 seconds left. LaMarcus Aldridge was pretty clearly fouled on his final shot, but the refs swallowed their whistles as they let the Grizzlies escape the AT&T Center with a 104-103 win.
Marc Gasol won the tip and that led to a dunk in the lane for Jaren Jackson Jr. off a sweet assist from Mike Conley. Rudy Gay put back a missed LMA jumper to even it up early for the Spurs. Dante Cunningham kept his perfect shooting streak going with a deep shot, but Garrett Temple and Conley were hitting too, and the Grizzlies led 13-9 five minutes into the quarter. Former Spur Kyle Anderson stretched the lead with a triple and the Spurs were down 7 halfway through the quarter. They stretched it to 10 before DeMar Derozan somehow created space in the lane to sneak a layup past Gasol. The bench entered the game, and slowly cut into the lead and overtook the Grizz 25-24 on a Poeltl fast break dunk. JaMychal Green answered with a triple, but Davis Bertans one-upped him with a four point play. After their 22-8 run to finish the quarter, the Spurs led 32-30 after 12 minutes of play.
Aldridge got past Gasol to score the first points of the second quarter on a layup. The Spurs got foul happy early, and they were in the bonus with 9 minutes left in the quarter. Omri Casspi did damage for the Grizz as they regained the lead with 8:17 left at 39-38 on a layup over Aldridge’s outstretched arms. Gasol benefited from a friendly whistle, running over Quincy Pondexter, but somehow having it called as a blocking foul on Q-Pon. The Memphis lead got up to 5, but the Spurs fought back with Aldridge banging in the paint with Jackson Jr. and getting free throws. LMA scoring inside was a winning strategy, as he tied up the game on a fast break alley-oop at 52. Jaren Jackson Jr. put Memphis up with a triple, but picked up his fourth foul on the return trip with a hack on Dante Cunningham, compounding the mistake by arguing the call and picking up a tech. Patty Mills tied up the game with a triple at 57, but the Grizzlies outscored the Spurs 4-2 in the final minute to lead 61-59 at the half.
The Grizzlies scored the first points of the second half with JaMychal Green taking a Kyle Anderson pass for an easy bucket. The Spurs regained the lead with triples from Gay and Cunningham, but it was short-lived as the Grizz went on a 6-0 run led by Kyle Anderson’s sneaky moves in the paint. The Grizzlies stepped up their defense, which forced Spurs turnovers staking Memphis to a 5 point lead halfway through the quarter. Marc Gasol got untracked on the offensive end as he got open shots with smaller players defending him. The benches came in for the last few minutes of the quarter and things got a little ragged, but the Spurs limited the damage, with Memphis leading 81-77 after three. The Spurs had a bad offensive quarter, only scoring 18, but still managed to not lose much ground to Memphis.
MarShon Brooks scored the first points of the final quarter, and Rudy Gay answered with an and-one dunk to cut the lead to three. Gay and Conley traded baskets, and the Spurs got the ball in the paint to Aldridge, who failed to reach the rim on a 2 foot shot. Despite Aldridge not hitting shots, the Spurs kept feeding him, and he drew fouls, tying the game at 86 with 9 minutes left. Finally, the Spurs regained the lead 90-88 on a Bryn Forbes layup, he got blocked, regained control and bounced it in. That lead that was wiped out at the next timeout when the refs took away a shot that Forbes launched after the buzzer earlier in the quarter. LMA, now involved, was diving for loose balls and energizing his team. Rudy Gay provided scoring punch, once again putting the Spurs ahead 95-92 with just over 4 minutes left with an and-one over Kyle Anderson. Mike Conley regained the lead for the Grizz, but the Spurs fought back with buckets from DeRozan and an Aldridge putback of a Patty Mills miss and led by a point with two minutes left. The Grizzlies were the first team to 100, but the Silver and Black regained the lead of a pair of free throws from Rudy Gay. Conley regained the lead for them. The Spurs regained the lead with 17 seconds left and looked to be in trouble as the Memphis defense pressured them. But somehow, DeRozan got off a shot, and the Spurs has the lead with 1.2 seconds left. The Grizzlies advanced the ball, and they got the ball to Marc Gasol, who was fouled by Rudy Gay. He hit both of his free throws, and there were 0.7 seconds on the clock for the Spurs. Aldridge was obviously fouled on his shot attempt, but the refs let it go, and the game was over, Grizzlies win 104-103.
- Pop shaved his beard. He looks a lot younger. If the Spurs go on a winning streak, he needs to keep shaving.
- Davis Bertans returned from concussion protocol, and he looked good. He got some good open looks with his quick release, and had a steal early, and hit this beauty of a four point play.
- The Spurs have had a losing record for 48 days total since 1997. Tomorrow, that number will be 49, and it will be 50 on Saturday.
- JaMychal Green has really developed into a good NBA player. I wish he could have stayed on the Spurs, but they can’t keep every player with potential. I’m glad he’s making a career for himself.
- Patty Mills’ headband looks cool.
- Dante Cunningham finally missed a shot in the third quarter. He’s really been great this year.
- Bryn Forbes was a little off on his three point shooting tonight, but he continued to work, hitting a critical basket in the fourth to give the Spurs the lead. He didn’t have that in his game last year.
- Maybe this is just homerism, but I wonder why all of the charge/block calls go against the Spurs in their home arena.
I think the way that Kyle Anderson plays basketball is almost like the way that Christopher Walken dances. It’s a little surprising that someone that looks like that is so amazingly graceful.
The Spurs now have a losing record at 8-9 and can’t relax at all. The Spurs go back on the road for a four game road trip. After a one day Thanksgiving break they play the Pacers in Indiana on Friday at 7:00 PM, then the they go to Milwaukee for a game against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Saturday at 7:30. The Spurs have struggled on the road this year (and last), and it will be difficult for them to pick up wins on this trip. Happy Thanksgiving, and see you in the game thread on Friday!