NBA Game Recap - San Antonio at Memphis
Sun Aug 2, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

WAS
110
BKN
118
F
POR
124
BOS
128
F
SA
108
MEM
106
F
SAC
116
ORL
132
F
MIL
116
HOU
120
F
DAL
115
PHO
117
F

San Antonio 108, Memphis 106

Aug 2, 2020, 4:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

San Antonio (29-36)

31

28

26

23

108

Memphis (32-35)

25

29

22

30

106

Spurs edge Grizzlies 108-106, move into 9th place in West
Sun Aug 2, 2020 7:49 PM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) DeMar DeRozan made two free throws with a second to play, giving the San Antonio Spurs a 108-106 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday that moved them into ninth place in the Western Conference.

The Spurs built an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter but needed a bunch of big plays down the stretch from DeRozan after the Grizzlies rallied.

"He's a superstar in this league, one of the top players in this league," the Grizzlies' Ja Morant said. "I feel like that's a good job. I'm not surprised at all that he goes out and delivered for his team late in the game at all."

DeRozan brought the ball down court after Jaren Jackson Jr. had tied the game for Memphis with a corner 3-pointer with 10.6 seconds to play. DeRozan pump-faked Dillon Brooks into the air and drew the foul, then knocked down the foul shots.

Jackson missed a long 3 on the final possession.

"We just kept playing," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We went to the next play, and that was the best part of the deal. We made it tough on ourselves in several different ways, but they kept playing, and that's what's important."

The Spurs are trying to qualify for the postseason for what would be an NBA-record 23rd consecutive season. They arrived at Walt Disney World in 12th place in the West, but after victories over Sacramento and Memphis are just two games behind the eighth-place Grizzlies.

"Like I said, we've got to continue to go out like every game is our last and we've got another one tomorrow," Spurs guard Dejounte Murray said. "We won one tonight, bumped up a spot and we've got to continue to go out, play together and win basketball games."

Murray had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs. Derrick White added 16 points and DeRozan had 14.

Morant finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Jackson scored 21 points.

The Memphis loss clinched a playoff spot for the Dallas Mavericks.

Murray scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, with a strong start to the period that had the Spurs up 11 near the midpoint. Memphis cut that to one before DeRozan scored with 59 seconds remaining. After a turnover by Morant, DeRozan knocked down a jumper for a 106-101 cushion with 22 seconds to go.

The veteran later missed two free throws that helped Memphis tie it. But the Grizzlies fell short again, just as they did by falling to Portland in overtime in their first game of the restart.

"Again, I want to say give our guys credit for competing in the second half, but that's not good enough," Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. "We've got to be better for 48 minutes. I think these guys are quickly learning that after two games."

TIP-INS

Spurs: Patty Mills played after sitting out the opener but Marco Belinelli missed the game with a sprained left foot. ... Popovich said the Spurs would have to wait and see if Bryn Forbes (right quadriceps) would be available for any of the restart.

Grizzlies: The game was the second of three in four nights to being the start for Memphis. The Grizzlies play New Orleans on Monday. ... Brooks scored 16 points.

NOT FOR FREE

The Spurs came into the game second in the league in free throw shooting, hitting 80.9%. But they were just 24 for 33 (72.7%) Sunday.

STILL NEED ONE

The Grizzlies (32-35) still need a victory to match their victory total from the 2018-19 season.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Play Philadelphia on Monday.

Grizzlies: Play New Orleans on Monday.

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Leaders

San Antonio PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Zeller 0 0 0 0 0 0
Q. Weatherspoon 0 -7 1 1 0 0
Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Jackson 0 4 1 0 0 0
A. Tolliver 0 0 1 1 0 0

Team Comparison

SA MEM
Points For 108 106
Field Goals 36/86-42% 42/91-46%
Three Pointers 12/29-41% 7/30-23%
Free Throws 24/33-73% 15/18-83%
Offensive Rebounds 12 3
Defensive Rebounds 37 36
Rebounds 65 46
Blocks 6 3
Steals 5 5
Turnovers 16 12
Points Scored Off Turnovers 16 17
Points in the Paint 28 64
Fast Break Points 0 14
Personal Fouls 20 27
Technical Fouls 0 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 2-2

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 11 MEM 113 @ SA 109 K. Anderson 3 J. Poeltl 4
Mon Dec 23 SA 145 @ MEM 115 D. Carroll 2 S. Hill 3
Fri Jan 10 SA 121 @ MEM 134 T. Lyles 2 G. Allen 2
Sun Aug 2 SA 108 @ MEM 106 J. Poeltl 6 B. Clarke 8

Game Information

Stadium: Visa Athletic Center, Reunion, Florida
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 2:31