Report card: Grizzlies 95, Spurs 99
A: Tony ParkerTim Duncan followed a 21-point first half — a feat in which he hasn’t accomplished since 2004 — with six points in the final 29 minutes. Since Parker was more instrumental down the stretch, scoring six points in the first two minutes of overtime, he gets the nod. In the past five games, Parker has scored 30 or more points three times.
B: Gary NealNeal wasn’t particularly good for the majority of the game and I would have endured just about anything — save for a Wizards game, perhaps — just for him to dial down his shot selection a bit. Though he missed eight of nine shots entering the fourth quarter, Neal wasn’t deterred; he scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including an eight point burst that cut the Grizzlies lead to three points.
C: Darrell ArthurArthur’s third season was undercut by an unfortunate ACL injury. In his fourth game since 2010-11, Arthur appeared to rediscover the mid-range prowess and athleticism that made him an invaluable part of the Memphis frontcourt. From a plus/minus standpoint, Arthur (+14) as the most important Grizzlies player on the floor.
D: DeJuan BlairTim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili accounted for 20 points in the first quarter. Blair scored the other point, on a free throw with 8:03 remaining, which would turn out to be his only point of the game. He didn’t record a single shot attempt and grabbed fewer rebounds than he committed fouls. Matt Bonner and Tiago Splitter were eventually inserted for the ineffective Blair, both playing minutes in the Spurs comeback.
F: Quincy PondexterPondexter, shooting 39.5 percent on 3-pointers coming into tonight’s game, connected on one 3-pointer in the fourth quarter but was absent from the box score otherwise.
Excused absence: Danny GreenGreen played in 19 minutes before he injured his hamstring. Prior to the injury, he missed seven consecutive shots, six of which were 3-pointers.