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Grizzlies blow big lead in 104-93 OT loss to Spurs

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 26, 2013 at 12:54 am •  Published: May 26, 2013
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"Who knows why we're missing as many free throws as we are right now?" said Pondexter, who missed his only free throw. "We've got to concentrate a little more I guess. I have no idea. We shot great during the season. It's a game of averages. I think what we did in the regular season is kind of kicking us right now."

At this point, Memphis will have to concentrate on everything in Game 4 to avoid a sweep similar to the one the Grizzlies sustained in 2004 at the hands of the Spurs in the franchise's first postseason appearance.

"We still have to have the mindset of one game at a time," Allen said. "Obviously, we've got one more game (Game 4 on Monday night) at home. We showed a better effort from start to finish. Well, for four quarters. We've got to have some carry-over going into the next game with that mentality minus the overtime."

The Spurs hit eight of their 10 shots in overtime, with Duncan scoring the first five. Tony Parker had five of his 26 in overtime, and even Tiago Splitter, playing with four fouls, scored six in the extra five minutes to finish with 11.

"He was huge for us the other night in overtime and got it done for us, and he did it again tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Duncan, the two-time MVP. "That's why he is considered as great as he has for the last 17 years. He's been unbelievable. He feels a responsibility to carry us in those kinds of times, and he did it again tonight."

Notes: Conley had five steals in the first quarter, the most in a quarter of a playoff game over the past 10 postseasons, according to Elias Sports Bureau. He finished with five turnovers. ... The Grizzlies had their 16th straight postseason sellout. ... The Spurs now have played five overtime periods this postseason, the most in franchise history. ... The Grizzlies are 1-2 in overtime games this postseason. ... Randolph had his seventh double-double, most in the NBA this postseason. ... Duncan had his 144th postseason double-double, moving into second by himself behind Magic Johnson.