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Conley's bucket lifts Grizzlies over Spurs 92-90

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Matching the most wins 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 wins by driving for a layup with 0.6 seconds left, and the Grizzlies rallied to beat the San Antonio Spurs 92-90 Monday night for their third straight victory.

The Grizzlies won 50 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, Zach Randolph 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince had 11 points.

Tony Parker had 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 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 Clippers.

"We want to keep pushing," Randolph said. "We want to keep getting better ourselves, try to stay in third or the fourth spot and try to get home-court advantage. Try to get to that next level."

Conley won the game but he also went without a steal. That snapped his steal streak at 64 games, which had been the longest active streak in the NBA. Conley wound up with his second game-winning bucket to pair with a layup over Shaquille O'Neal on Dec. 9, 2009, when he drove right for a layup to beat Cleveland in overtime 111-109.

"I'm happy with stealing the game, rather than the ball," Conley said.

Popovich complimented Conley as someone who keeps improving each year.

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