SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) — Tim Duncan and Tony Parker paced the San Antonio Spurs to an overtime 93-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of their Western Conference final on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
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Parker, who also starred in the Game 1 rout on Sunday, finished with 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists in the win, while Duncan, who scored the Spurs’ first six points in overtime ended with 17 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two steals.
Tiago Splitter scored 14 points and Kawhi Leonard added 12 points and nine boards for San Antonio, who blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter before recovering in overtime.
“I hate that we gave up that big of a lead in that situation,” Duncan said on NBA.com. “But we were good enough to go to overtime and not let it affect us and get a win there.”
Point guard Mike Conley scored 18 points and Jerryd Bayless added just as many points off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies, which got off to a slow start and trailed 31-46 at half-time.
After scoring just two points in the Game 1 loss, Zach Randolph responded with 15 points and 18 rebounds on Tuesday night.
Marc Gasol had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who host Game 3 on Saturday in Memphis.
“They ran at us. They got easy buckets, They got hot,” said Grizzlies center Gasol.
“But the second half I think we played more our basketball. We attacked, and of course everything works better when you make shots.”
Despite being down, head coach Lionel Hollins believes his Memphis team has enough character to bounce back.
He noted that they were in the same position against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round and rallied to win four straight.
The Grizzlies also came from behind to win four straight and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 in Western Conference semifinals.
“We’re in the same boat we were when we left L.A. We’re down 0-2. We’ve got to go home and take care of business at home,” Hollins said.
“It’s not going to be easy, but that’s where we are.”