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Spurs 104, Grizzlies 93 (OT)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Faced with overtime on the road in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, the San Antonio Spurs did exactly what was expected.

They put the ball in the hands of their two future Hall of Famers and let them handle the heavy lifting.

Forward Tim Duncan and guard Tony Parker scored or assisted on 14 of the Spurs' 18 points in overtime on Saturday night in a 104-93 victory that gave the Spurs a commanding 3-0 lead.

Game 4 is here Monday night, and the Spurs have a chance to advance to their first NBA Finals since 2007 when they won the last of their four championship.

After Grizzlies guard Mike Conley missed a potential winning shot on a drive as the buzzer sounded to end regulation with score tied 88-88, Duncan scored the first five points of overtime to get the Spurs rolling to their second straight OT win.

Parker finished with 26 points, Duncan added 24 points and 10 rebounds and Manu Ginobili came off the bench to contribute 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Conley led the Grizzlies with 20 points. Marc Gasol had a double-double (16 points, 14 rebounds) as did Zach Randolph (14 points, 15 rebounds), but both were gassed in overtime when the Grizzlies made just 3 of 8 shots from the field.

The Grizzlies befuddled the Spurs early and often. With considerably more active hands than in the first two games, the Grizzlies caused eight Spurs first-quarter turnovers that led to 11 points in a 29-13 first-quarter lead.

Conley had five steals in the first quarter, the most by any player in the opening period of a playoff game in the last 10 years.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was so disgusted with his starters that he yanked them all at once, hoping to get a boost from five fresh faces. The Grizzlies were determined to keep the hammer down, but the Spurs, with three starters back on the floor to start the second quarter, opened the period on a 9-0 run.

And the Spurs kept coming. Committing just two turnovers, they hit 11 of 15 shots from the field in the second quarter and reduced the Grizzlies' lead to 44-40 at the break.

The Grizzlies, which play at an unaccustomed fast pace in their frenetic first-quarter start, seemed a bit gassed with no fast break points and just two second-chance points in the second quarter.

Parker and Duncan, who combined for three points in the first quarter, teamed for 15 in the second quarter. Conley and Bayless, the Grizzlies' two best backcourt players, shot a combined 3 of 15 from the field in the opening half.

The Spurs chased the Grizzlies the entire third quarter but couldn't quite catch them, trailing 65-64 entering the fourth quarter.

The bad news for the Grizzlies was the Spurs began throwing up a wall inside, and more and more shots were created late in the shot clock from perimeter players.

That's exactly what the Spurs wanted.

They also turned to a lineup featuring their three most battle-tested veterans -- Parker, Duncan and Ginobili -- and the result was better ball-handling decisions and improved shot selection.

To start the fourth quarter, the Spurs used Danny Green, Ginobili and Matt Bonner, their best three point shooters, and spread the floor wide with Duncan in the high post and Parker using the screen to intitate the offense and penetrate. It's what got the Spurs so many open looks for 3-pointers in the first two games of the series.

NOTES: Spurs spokesman Tom James confirmed at Saturday's shootaround that veteran forward Tim Duncan is getting a divorce. Duncan's wife, Amy, filed for divorce in March. The couple was married in July 2001 and have two children. ... Grizzlies guard Tony Allen had no comment on the $5,000 fine he received for flopping after officials whistled Spurs guard Manu Ginobili for an flagrant foul late in Game 2 of the series. Ginobili said the flagrant foul was a correct call, as did Allen. ... Allen was stunned that Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph was not named to any of NBA's three all-league teams. Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was named second team. "Oh, my God," Allen said. "He's second in the league in double-doubles and just had two monster series. How did Z not make that even third team?." ... The Spurs are shooting 42.6 percent from 3-point range after the first two games of the series, including 60 percent (6 of 10) by Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. "They've been great, especially in the postseason," Duncan said. "It takes a little while to get through those nerves, but they went through that last year. They've shown this year they are more comfortable and understand what they have to do." ... The Grizzlies gave up a league-best 89.3 points in the regular season, but the Spurs have averaged 102 in taking a 2-0 series lead. Both teams agree that the reason is Parker, who's averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 assists in the series. "Tony Parker is amazing, especially his speed with the ball," Allen said. "You've got to get to him fast. He's a pain in our butt right now. When the ball's in his hands, he makes plays."
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