Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 35 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs (49-10) to a 95-88 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (33-28) that extended the team’s franchise-record to 21 consecutive home wins.
Tony Parker sustained a left thigh contusion when he collided with Memphis guard Mike Conley with 3:25 left in the second quarter. Parker didn’t return in the second half, and will be examined on Monday. His status is day-to-day.
It’s now time to checkout the numbers that stood out in this Spurs’ win.
89.5 – The Grizzlies shot well from the foul line, making 17-of-19 (89.5%) of their free throw attempts. However, the Spurs had a huge advantage on free throw attempts and did a decent job at it, making 26-of-33 (78.8%) shots from the foul line.
48 – Memphis dominated the inside battle, outscoring the Spurs 48-26 on inside points.
46.2 – The Spurs shot fairly well, connecting on 30-of-65 (46.2%) attempts from the floor while holding the Grizzlies to just 33-of-88 (37.5%) shooting from the field.
45.5 – The Grizzlies made their shots from beyond the arc, hitting 5-of-11 (45.5%) from the three point line. The Spurs weren’t that bad, connecting on 9-of-21 (42.9%) attempts from behind the arc.
41 – Memphis edged the Spurs in the rebounding department 41-40.
36 – The Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 36-25 in the final quarter, including an 8-0 run to make the score 92-85 with 16 seconds remaining in the game.
35 – Manu Ginobili had a season-high 35 points (18 in the fourth period) and added a game-high eight assists, six rebounds, two steals and one block for the Spurs.
24 – Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 24 points, 17 rebounds and five assists.
21 – With the win, the Spurs won their 21st straight game at home. Their 21 consecutive home win is a franchise record for a single season. They are one win shy of tying the franchise record for consecutive home wins over any stretch. The Spurs won 22 straight home games from March 27, 1999 to December 11, 1999.
19 – Mike Conley added 19 points, three rebounds and one assist in 38 minutes for the Gizzlies.
14 – Matt Bonner and George Hill scored 14 points a piece off the Spurs bench. Bonner in particular made his shots when it counted the most, a pair of 3-pointers by the “Red Rocket” at the end of the third quarter to help the Spurs pull within 63-59. He then made two more 3-point shots early in the fourth quarter that gave the Spurs a 68-67 lead.
12 – Tim Duncan had 12 points, eight boards and three assists for the Spurs. Darell Arthur scored 12 points, and added three rebounds and two assists off the Grizzlies’ bench.
10 – San Antonio had 10 block shots for the game, five coming from Duncan. The Grizzlies had only six blocks as a team. With five blocks, Duncan reached another statistical milestone joining NBA’s top 10 in career blocked shots. Duncan is now tied with Alonzo Mourning with 2356 career blocks. With six more blocks this season, Duncan can surpass Robert Parish at #9 who has 2361 block shots for his career.
0 – DeJuan Blair did not commit a single turnover and had eight points and five rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
Rookie Watch: James Anderson had two points and two rebounds in 16 minutes. Tiago Splitter missed his seventh straight game because of a left hamstring injury. Gary Neal missed his second straight game because of a concussion.
What’s Next? The Spurs will visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.
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