The win for the Grizzlies was their first at AT&T Center in San Antonio since December 17th, 2014, but this one did not come easy. DeMar DeRozan had a go-ahead jumper with 1.2 seconds left to give the Spurs the lead. Although, Gasol drew a foul on Rudy Gay during the inbounds play, which led to his game-winning free throws. LaMarcus Aldridge missed on a three-point attempt at the buzzer, helping Memphis hand the Spurs their third home loss of the year.
DeRozan led the Spurs with 24 points and helped his team overcome a 10-point halftime deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead. San Antonio went on a 13-7 run to being the final 12 minutes, taking a two-point lead for the first time, as the two teams would go back and forth the rest of the way. Memphis went off for 61 points in the first half to build a lead, but they were held to 43 points in the final two quarters to make things interesting late.
Despite the second half struggles, the Grizzlies proved their depth on this night, getting 32 points from the bench, while outscoring the Spurs, 42-38, in the paint. Although, the Spurs put together a valiant effort, including outscoring the Grizzlies, 12-2, in the paint during the final quarter. Gay and Aldridge also played a big role in the comeback attempt by combining for 20 points in the final 12 minutes.
But the Grizzlies come away with the West's top record, as they will move on to visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. The Spurs will hit the road to face the Indiana Pacers that same day.