Spurs outlast Grizzlies to set up a Texas sized showdown with Houston
There wasn’t anybody getting rooked in Game six. For 48 minutes both teams gave it their all. The Spurs got into a slump late in the game, but snapped out of it as they wanted no part of a crucial Game 7. The Grizzlies came out swinging, forcefully trying to head back to San Antonio for a Game seven.
Conley and Gasol started the game off slow both combining for 2-for-10 but still trailed the Spurs 22-24 at the end of the first. One of those shots was a huge three by Conley to close out the quarter. Rebounds and points in the paint ultimately hurt the Grizzlies in the end. Post-game David Fizdale went on to mention how he felt that was the key to the Spurs winning Game six on the road, but also went on to say that he can at least comfortably knowing his guys stuck around and gave it their all making it a series. Mike Conley finished with 26 points, Marc Gasol chipped in 18. The Grizzlies also set a franchise record knocking down eight three-pointers in the first half.
The Spurs were down by as many as ten points, and after being down 88-81 Kawhi Leonard took over yet again and went on to score eight straight points which started a 22-8 run to finish the game. For a while it looked like we were going to get a Game seven but Tony Parker was able to turn back the clock and showed his playoff and championship experience by scoring 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting. Leonard added 29 points, and Lamarcus Aldridge kind of got it together by adding 17, but came up huge in the paint grabbing 12 rebounds.
Talk about a nail-biter, this game featured 16 ties, 9 lead changes including four ties in the fourth quarter. Injuries to Chandler Parsons and Tony Allen ultimately hurt the Grizzlies not just in the post-season, but it lingered all season for them. The Spurs now head home and get ready for a Texas size showdown with the Houston Rockets starting on Monday.