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insidehoops 05-26-2013 04:21 AM

Grizzlies down 3-0 to Spurs
The Spurs really only needed one victory to consider their Memphis trip a success. So having gotten off to about as poor a start as possible, they could have been forgiven for flushing Game 3.

But adhering to their cherished motto to keep pounding the rock, they fought back from an early 18-point deficit, hung on through a heart-stopping stretch run, and finally finished Memphis off with a bravura performance in overtime.

Now leading 3-0, the Spurs stand just one victory away from returning to the Finals for the first time in six years, a span in which they’ve remade themselves around the timeless trio of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili.

They endured their lumps during that period, most recently with last year’s collapse against Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals. But all that effort is only 48 minutes away from paying off.

-- San Antonio Express-News

insidehoops 05-26-2013 04:24 AM

Re: Grizzlies down 3-0 to Spurs
Enterprising reporters spotted Tim Duncan sipping on a celebratory beer after the game, and why not? Indeed, he should have treated himself to a six pack after Saturday’s performance: 24 points (11 for 19 FGs), 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots.

According to ESPN Research, only two other players had 20/10/5 games this late in their careers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. Duncan’s 144th playoff double-double — second only to Magic Johnson in NBA history — came 15 years and one month after his first. His point total pushed him past Jerry West for sixth place on the NBA’s career postseason scoring list.

And he did it while matched up against fellow All-NBA center and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol.

-- San Antonio Express-News

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