Griz­zlies knock off Spurs

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports -

MEM­PHIS, Tenn. — Griz­zlies cen­tre Marc Ga­sol snapped out of a re­cent slump with a more en­er­gized per­for­mance to help Mem­phis end a six-game slide.

Ga­sol had 26 points and 14 re­bounds, and Mem­phis led from the sec­ond quar­ter on in a 96-86 vic­tory over the San An­to­nio Spurs on Wed­nes­day night.

Ga­sol had played poorly in re­cent games but con­verted nine of 16 shots, in­clud­ing 3-for-5 from out­side the arc, to help the Griz­zlies lead by 16 dur­ing the fourth quar­ter. With four min­utes left, San An­to­nio coach Gregg Popovich had all re­serves in the game.

“(He) came out ag­gres­sive, came out as­sertive and you could see the en­ergy in his face and his ac­tions. That’s the guy we need, and he knows it,” Griz­zlies point guard Mike Con­ley said of Ga­sol.

In the pre­vi­ous two games, Ga­sol was held to sin­gle-digit scor­ing and missed all six of his three-point at­tempts. Against the Spurs, the Griz­zlies cen­tre was much more an­i­mated and en­gaged.

“I was try­ing to be a lit­tle more ag­gres­sive, ob­vi­ously, and stay ag­gres­sive,” Ga­sol said. “It wasn’t just where I had one quar­ter that I was ag­gres­sive, I’ve got to build on it and cre­ate those habits for the team.”

Con­ley added 15 points and six as­sists for Mem­phis, and Jaren Jack­son Jr. and JaMy­chal Green scored 12 points each.

Marco Be­linelli and Bryn Forbes scored 14 points apiece for the Spurs, who ended a five-game win­ning streak. LaMar­cus Aldridge and Patty Mills had 13 points each for San An­to­nio.

“I thought both teams were pretty sloppy in the first half,” Popovich said. “Nei­ther team played that well in the first half, but I thought they picked it up in the sec­ond half.”

San An­to­nio shot 36 per cent and com­mit­ted 15 turnovers. Aldridge was 4-for12 shoot­ing, Forbes went 5-for-14, and lead­ing-scorer DeMar DeRozan made just 4-for-15 with nine points. The Spurs 86 points were a sea­son low.

Mem­phis held a 42-31 lead at the half, main­tained the lead af­ter three pe­ri­ods and stretched the ad­van­tage to 16 when Ga­sol con­verted a three-pointer with 3:16 left.

“That sense of ur­gency is the way we have to play ev­ery sin­gle night,” Griz­zlies coach J.B. Bick­er­staff said.

TIP-INS Spurs:

F Rudy Gay missed his sec­ond straight game with a sprained left wrist. ... DeRozan’s nine points marked only the sec­ond game this sea­son where he was held un­der 10 . ... Davis Ber­tans was ejected in the third quar­ter when he col­lected his sec­ond tech­ni­cal of the game . ... San An­to­nio’s 31 first-half points matched a sea­son low in a half.

The game marked the first home ap­pear­ance for G Justin Hol­i­day, ob­tained in a trade with the Chicago Bulls last Fri­day. He fin­ished with six points.


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