Memphis beats visiting San Antonio on last-second basket | NBA
Mike Conley's layup with 0.6 seconds left gave the host Memphis Grizzlies a 92-90 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Memphis improved to 50-24.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Matching the most victories in franchise history was a nice moment for Memphis. The Grizzlies have their sights set on much, much more this season.
Mike Conley got Memphis to 50 victories by driving for a layup with 0.6 seconds left, as the Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs 92-90 Monday night.
The Grizzlies, who have won their last three, have 50 victories in a season for the first time since 2003-04, and they also won their 12th straight at home. They improved to 26 games above .500 in a game where Conley's bucket gave them their first lead since 18-16 late in the first quarter.
"We have loftier goals," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "I'm proud of the players and the coaching staff and what we have accomplished, but I remember when the team got 50 before and we didn't win another game."
The Grizzlies lost their final four games in the 2003-04 season, then were swept in the playoffs — by the Spurs.
"Winning 50 is nice, but there is a lot more," Hollins said.
Conley scored the final five points and finished with 23. Jerryd Bayless had 17 points, Marc Gasol 16 and Zach Randolph contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Tony Parker scored 25 points for the Spurs. Parker tried to beat the buzzer with a jumper that was too late.
"They hit the biggest shot," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of the Grizzlies.
Tiago Splitter added 13 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio, which was not at full strength playing its second game in two nights. The Spurs left Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan at home with sore knees after both played in Sunday night's 88-86 loss to Miami. Manu Ginobili is out for at least three weeks with a strained right hamstring.
With the Spurs missing three of their top four scorers, Memphis managed to split the season series, with both teams winning on their home courts. The Grizzlies are pushing to start the postseason on their home court in a tight squeeze in the Western Conference standings with Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers.
LOS ANGELES — Roy Hibbert had 26 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out, Paul George added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Indiana Pacers barely completed a sweep of their four-game trip with a 109-106 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in a battle of division leaders.
Jamal Crawford, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, scored 25 points off the bench for the Pacific Division-leading Clippers, whose magic number to clinch the first division title in the franchise's 43-year history remained at two.
Clippers guard Chris Paul was 2 for 12 from the field and scored 10 points.
"Our first unit, I was disappointed in how we played," Paul said.
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Avery Bradley, a former standout at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, scored 19 points for Boston.
• Larry Sanders had a career-high 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to help Milwaukee rout visiting Charlotte 131-102.
• Al Jefferson scored 24 points as host Utah beat Portland 112-102 to extend its winning streak to a season-best five games.
Wesley Matthews scored 23 for Portland, still without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge because of a sprained ankle.