Monday, June 18, 2018
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Spurs beat Grizzlies in West final Game 2

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Tim Duncan scored the Spurs' first six points of overtime and San Antonio bounced back after squandering a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Grizzlies 93-89 on Tuesday night.

The Spurs took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference final with Game 3 on Saturday in Memphis.

Duncan opened OT with a layup, made a tiebreaking putback on Parker's missed jumper before making a runner that bounced high off of the back iron and rattled in for a 91-87 lead with 1:08 to play.

The Grizzlies had a chance to tie after Jerryd Bayless hit a jumper and Parker missed one of two free throws with 14.6 seconds left, but Bayless' 3-pointer from the left wing was off-target.

"Obviously we knew they were going to fight,'' Duncan said. "We won it in overtime. We'll take it.''

What will Magic do?

The Magic, which entered Tuesday with a 25 percent chance of winning the draft lottery, the highest possible odds, ended up with the second pick.

The Cavs, with a 15.6 percent chance of winning, have the top pick and their logical choice is Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, who is recovering from an ACL injury. Noel and Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore are considered to be the top two prospects.

The Cavs already have a talented backcourt and lack a long-term solution at center.

Other top prospects include Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr., Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo, Michigan point guard Trey Burke and UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett.

Magic GM Rob Hennigan would not rule out trading down: "We'll have to decide who to pick, when to pick, if to pick. … We're excited. We feel like we have a chance to improve our team.''

"As everybody knows," Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert said, "this year is a little bit different than most years where there's a clear No. 1 pick. This year can go several ways."

Around the league: After their best season ended with a first-round playoff loss, the Pacific Division champion Clippers will not retain coach Vinny Del Negro when his contract expires in June. In three seasons Del Negro went 128-102, the highest winning percentage (.557) in franchise history. "Hard to take," he said. Former Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone and Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer are the top candidates, the Los Angeles Times reported, and former Suns coach Alvin Gentry, Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw and ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy reportedly are being considered as well. … Bryan Colangelo will remain Raptors president, but the team took away his GM title. Colangelo was "a little disappointed." … The Bobcats will request a name change to the Hornets, with a "Let's bring the buzz back'' theme at the announcement. The request will come up for a vote of team owners in July. Charlotte can't implement the change until the start of the 2014-15 season.

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