It looked like the Memphis Grizzlies would run away with an easy win against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night. With an 18-point lead early in the fourth quarter, it seemed the Spurs would lose another game in blowout fashion. That was until a San Antonio fourth quarter run brought the game within single digits with a minute to go. The Spurs couldn’t quite finish in a 106-98 loss.
San Antonio’s offense struggled as the Silver and Black shot just 42.4% from the field and 32.3% from the field. The Spurs turned the ball over 16 times. Despite the team’s overall struggles, Victor Wembanyama had success scoring the ball. He finished the game with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 26 points and 10 assists.
The Spurs will head back home for a one-game home stand against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
- It was an encouraging defensive performance for the Spurs as they held the Grizzlies to just 106 points. They forced Memphis to turn the ball over 15 times, and held them to 46.3% shooting from the field and 31.6% from three. Wembanyama was particularly impactful around the rim, blocking four shots and deterring many of the Grizzlies from attacking the paint. Morant got him with one dunk, but Wembanyama blocked Morant earlier in the game – so consider them even. Their matchup will be a fun one to track over the years.
- The youngsters impressed on both ends for San Antonio on Tuesday. Dominick Barlow filled in for Zach Collins as the backup center and had himself a solid game. He finished with 4 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, and was competitive on the defensive end. Blake Wesley filled in for an injured Malaki Branham and performed well down the stretch. Wesley had 10 points and 2 steals, shooting 5-8 from the field. Wesley’s speed and rim pressure helped the Spurs tremendously in the second half.
- Devin Vassell struggled against a physical Memphis back court. Marcus Smart and Desmond Bane gave the wing fits. He finished with 11 points on 3-8 shooting, and wasn’t able to find a lot of offensive opportunities. Late in the game Vassell was able to get downhill for an and-1 over Smart that helped him turn his night around a bit. San Antonio relies on Vassell to be a threat out there, and need him to continue being aggressive.