Grizzlies pull within 2-1 of Spurs with 105-94 win

Grizzlies pull within 2-1 of Spurs with 105-94 win

Point guard Mike Conley scored 24 points and added eight assists as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs 105-94 Thursday night at FedExForum to climb back in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

The Grizzlies snapped their streak of 10 consecutive postseason losses to the Spurs. He scored 11 points in the second quarter and even had a rare dunk. "Us not turning the ball over (just five turnovers that became two Spurs points)", Marc Gasol said.

"He wants us to understand what's going on on the floor and how important the opportunity is for us", Leonard said.

Popovich pulled his starters again early in the fourth quarter and most did not return as Memphis stretched its lead to as much as 22 points.

The Grizzlies committed just five turnovers while cashing 12 San Antonio turnovers for 13 points. "That was huge, not allowing them to run". Leonard would still shoot 54.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3, going 2-for-4 from beyond the line.

The Spurs shot 47.2 percent from the floor and went 10-for-24 from 3-point range for 41.7 percent.

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Memphis fans roared when Fizdale came onto the court before the game following his rant against officiating in Game 2, which cost him a $30,000 fine from the National Basketball Association. The Spurs shot an NBA-best 87.7 percent at the free throw line through the first two playoff games. It's not clear if Fizdale's rant is the reason the Grizzlies looked like a completely different team in Memphis, but there's a good chance it factored in.

"Pretty cool", he said. "I don't take those moments for granted". "And so I was just really proud of the way we stepped up and took the challenge".

"The fans were great and we need them", Randolph said. Needing a third scorer to shoulder the load with Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, Zack Randolph got the start in Thursday's win and never looked back.

Channing Frye's clutch 3-pointer with 54.8 seconds to play gave the Cavaliers a 114-107 lead.

Game 4 will be in Memphis, TN at the FedExForum with tipoff on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET. Ever since then, the Spurs (and their coach, Gregg Popovich) have always game-planned for Randolph, keeping him from getting to his spot, doubling him from the baseline to take away his options, packing all five of their guys into the paint when necessary. Considering the impact the quarter had on the game, the decision to rest starters was a clear talking point in the team's postgame press conferences. "It doesn't matter if you're winning or losing, there are always things you can improve and wish you were doing better".

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