Spurs 121, Grizzlies 134
The Spurs gave it a good effort, and DeMar DeRozan poured in 36 points for his squad, but they'll have to keep searching for their first three-game winning streak since the beginning of the season after losing to the Grizzlies in Memphis, 134-121.
Memphis never looked back after taking the lead with 3:51 remaining in the first, and made sure San Antonio never overtook them after cutting the lead down to two at the end of the third period.
Three Spurs scored at least 21 points – Bryn Forbes, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeRozan – but the other two starters, Trey Lyles and Dejounte Murray, combined for just eight points. The team shot 48% from the field for the game, compared to 52% for Memphis.
Up next for the Silver and Black is a Sunday night road matchup against the defending champion Raptors. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. CT.
With 1:46 remaining in the game, victory is all but totally out of reach for San Antonio. They remain at a 13-point disadvantage.
Memphis is continuing to keep San Antonio at bay as time dwindles in the fourth quarter. With 5:47 remaining in the game, the Grizzlies continue to lead, 113-122.
Memphis's lead is back up to six points as fourth quarter action gets underway. Jonas Valanciunas and JA Morant have combined for 33 points in this game, and are continuing to keep Memphis in front as we near the homestretch of tonight's matchup.
Spurs 98, Grizzlies 100
San Antonio chiseled a six-point halftime deficit down to two points in the third quarter, but it was a more arduous effort than stats would suggest as the Grizzlies ballooned the lead to 14 before San Antonio made a critical run.
The Silver and Black have set themselves up well heading into the fourth quarter, thanks in part to exclamation-point plays like this from DeMar DeRozan, who is up to 31 points (!!!) already for this game.
A 13-4 run, and the Spurs are back in this game! With 3:34 remaining in the third quarter, the Grizzlies still lead 88-84, but San Antonio is starting to put the pressure on.
Memphis has started the third quarter by increasing the six-point lead it had at halftime into a 12-point advantage over San Antonio. With 6:56 to go in the quarter, the Grizzlies have made seven of their 11 shots in the field in this period, versus three of nine shot attempts for the Spurs.
One difference-maker so far this quarter: The three-point game. Memphis has sunk all three of its attempts from downtown, but San Antonio is just one-of-five from beyond the arc.
Spurs 57, Grizzlies 63
At halftime of tonight's game, Memphis leads by six points after a first half in which they shot 44% from the floor. San Antonio actually shot a few ticks better at 47%, but didn't get to the charity stripe as often as the home team.
LaMarcus Aldridge, meanwhile, hit a milestone in the first 24 minutes of play.
With six minutes to go until halftime, Memphis has opened up a double-digit lead on San Antonio as the Grizzlies keep their foot on the gas. The home team leads, 54-42.
Spurs 32, Grizzlies 37
At the end of an action-packed first quarter, Memphis leads by five points after battering San Antonio for nearly 40 points. Aldridge leads all players early with 10 points as the Spurs shot 50% from the field in the first dozen minutes.
The teamwork is strong early in Memphis, leading to buckets like this from Dejountey Murray.
Memphis, though, has had a huge first quarter so far. The Grizzlies lead the Spurs, 33-25, with just over a minute remaining in the opening period.
The Spurs and Grizzlies are off to an even-footed start in Memphis, with the home team leading by two nearly halfway through the first quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge already has seven points for the Silver and Black.
Fresh off consecutive eye-opening victories over the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics this week, San Antonio continues a four-game road trip with a stop in Memphis and a date with the 16-22 Grizzlies, winners of three straight and four of their last five.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m. CT. Follow along here for updates.