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Grizzlies 92, Spurs 90

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Since the Grizzlies won a 2011 Western Conference series over the Spurs, San Antonio has been virtually perfect against Memphis.

They almost maintained the trend Monday night in FedEx Forum, but Mike Conley kissed the winning drive high off the backboard with 0.6 of a second left for a 92-90 Grizzlies victory.

Conley had tied the score at 92 on a 3-pointer with 30.7 seconds left before Tony Parker's drive rolled off the rim with Memphis getting possession and calling timeout with just more than six seconds left.

San Antonio's defense allowed the left-handed Conley to go left to the bucket for the winning shot that extended the Grizzlies' home win streak to 12 games, second best in franchise history.

The Grizzlies (50-24) kept a grip on fourth place in the West with seven regular season games left.

Conley finished with 23 points. Jerryd Bayless scored 17 points off the bench, Marc Gasol added 16 points and seven rebounds, Zach Randolph had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince had 11 points and six rebounds.

Parker, who failed to get off a potential tying jumper on San Antonio's last possession, scored a game-high 25.

Even without two injured starters, Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard, who sat out the game with sore left knees, the Spurs had the game under control until the final four minutes. Memphis tied the score at 82 on two Gasol free throws with just more than four minutes to play.

Parker got the Spurs untracked before the starters went to the bench, but San Antonio's bench actually pulled the Spurs into a 16-16 tie. They loaded the floor with three 40 percent or better 3-point shooters, whipped the ball around the perimeter, and the Spurs forged to a 44-37 halftime lead.

The Grizzlies had their runs but couldn't make any headway in the third quarter. Memphis had a chance to tie the score at 54, but Prince's corner 3 rattled out. San Antonio grabbed the rebound and got the ball upcourt to Stephen Jackson, who nailed a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 57-51. Two Bayless buckets, one of off a steal, rallied the Griz back to 63-59.

NOTES: The Grizzlies have the utmost respect for San Antonio and the way it blends new players with veterans every year. "It's Coach Pop (Spurs coach Greg Popovich)," Randolph said. "He puts the players in the right position to succeed. They get players they always seem to fit what they're doing." ... The rosters of the Grizzlies and the Spurs are about totally opposite when it comes to building through international players. Twelve of the 13 Grizzlies players are from the United States, and all except one played for a school in a major conference. Nine of the Spurs' 15 players are foreign-born, including three from France and two from Australia.
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