Spurs 112, Grizzlies 96

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SAN ANTONIO – Tim Duncan had 26 points, 13 rebounds and a career-best nine blocked shots, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 112-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

Tony Parker added 18 points and Manu Ginobili 17 for the Spurs, who won for the eighth time in 11 games. Michael Finley had 15 points and Brent Barry 13.

Hakim Warrick scored 27 points to pace the Grizzlies, who played without center Pau Gasol (strained left hamstring) and dropped to 11-33 – the worst record in the NBA. Eddie Jones had 17 points, Mike Miller 13 and Chucky Atkins 11.

San Antonio squandered a 15-point halftime lead and fell behind early in the fourth quarter before going on a game-clinching 19-3 run to win their last home game before a three-week road trip.

Memphis opened the second half with a 17-4 spurt, including four 3-pointers and a three-point play, that brought them within two with 6:22 left in the third.

With 3:01 left in the period, Atkins tied the score at 74 when he hit a 3 from the corner.

After falling behind, Memphis tied it again at 81 on a 3 by Brian Cardinal to close the quarter.

The Grizzlies took the lead at the beginning of the fourth when Warrick hit two foul shots. The teams were tied again at 85 with 9:56 left, but San Antonio’s 19-3 run, capped by Finley’s 3 that had the crowd on its feet, put the Spurs ahead 102-88 with 5:01 to go.

The Spurs took a 29-21 lead into the second quarter.

San Antonio extended its lead to 62-47 at halftime. Duncan led the Spurs with 13 points in the half, all but two of those coming in the first quarter. Warrick had 16 for the Grizzlies.

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