SAN ANTONIO (AP)—Robert Horry didn’t wait until the final buzzer to make his trademark shot. Instead, his dagger of a 3-pointer—two of them, actually—came earlier than usual.
After the Memphis Grizzlies slashed San Antonio’s lead to one point late in the third quarter, Horry made two 3-pointers and a putback to swing the game’s momentum back to the Spurs in an 87-70 victory Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
Horry finished with 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting and 10 rebounds, prompting teammate Tim Duncan to accuse him of sandbagging during the regular season— just the sort of thing the Lakers used to tease him about when Horry was cementing his late-game reputation while playing in Los Angeles.
“He just kind of hung out and did what he could,” said Duncan, who had 23 points and 12 rebounds. “Now it’s playoff time and he wants to play.”
Game 3 is Thursday night in Memphis.
Horry, who collected five championship rings during his time in Houston and Los Angeles, said the first 3-pointer picked him up. He made only 41 of them during the regular season, just two in April.
“I thought, ‘I hadn’t made a 3-pointer in so long,”’ he said. “I just took what was given to me.”
San Antonio’s defense clinched the game by holding the Grizzlies without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes spanning the third and fourth periods.
The Spurs, up by nine after three, went on a 14-0 run early in the final period to build their largest lead—82-60.
Tony Parker led San Antonio with 27 points, 17 of them coming in the first half. He was 4-for-6 on 3-pointers.
Parker took 20 shots, double the number he attempted Saturday in the Spurs’ 98-74 win in the opening game.
“Sometimes he tends to forget that he’s open and to let it fly,” said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. “He was better at that tonight.”
Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 20 points and 11 rebounds, but he had only one field goal in the second half.
“We were playing with intensity, running and executing and stopping them,” said Gasol. “But they had that run in the fourth quarter that really killed us. We weren’t playing like we did in the first three quarters.”
Memphis, which trailed by 11 at halftime, made its push to open the third quarter. Mike Miller, scoreless in Game 1, scored nine quick points, and a pair of free throws by Stromile Swift cut the difference to 55-54.
“If you watched any Memphis Grizzlies basketball this year, that’s how we play,” Miller said. “Bottom line, it wasn’t enough. I didn’t get it to go in enough.”
Horry made two 3-pointers and a putback, and Parker hit his fourth 3-pointer to put the Spurs ahead 68-59 after three quarters. San Antonio held the Grizzlies without a field goal for the final 3:49 of the period.
Memphis didn’t get its next basket until Bonzi Wells had a putback with 5:02 remaining in the game to make it 82-62, ending the 14-0 run.
Wells scored 13 for Memphis and James Posey 10.
Gasol missed his first shot, but by the end of the first quarter, he had four baskets and three rebounds—more than he had in either category in the Grizzlies’ 98-74 loss in Game 1.
The Grizzlies went up 17-14 on a corner jumper by Wells, but the Spurs then went on an 18-4 run in which seven different players scored. One of the baskets was Parker’s third 3-pointer of the opening period.
Parker finished the half with 17, while Gasol had 13 on 6-for-7 shooting.
A layup by Posey cut San Antonio’s lead to 37-31 with three minutes left in the half. After a jumper by Bruce Bowen, Horry picked off a pass to start the game’s most crowd-pleasing play.
Horry got the ball to Parker, who dribbled through a narrow gap between Gasol and Jason Williams and finished with a layup around Lorenzen Wright tomake the score 41-31.
Bowen finished fourth in balloting for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, won by Indiana’s Ron Artest. … Jason Williams, averaging seven assists per game during the regular season, has seven in the first two games of the series. … San Antonio’s Jason Hart left the game with a mild concessionearly in the fourth quarter after a collision with Earl Watson.