Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

.DRAFT LOTTERY

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

2. Orlando Magic

3. Washington Wizards

4. Charlotte Bobcats

5. Phoenix Suns

6. New Orleans Pelicans

7. Sacramento Kings

8. Detroit Pistons

9. Minnesota Timberwolves

10. Portland Trail Blazers

11. Philadelphia 76ers

12. Toronto Raptors (to Oklahoma City, via Houston)

13. Dallas Mavericks

14. Utah Jazz

Spurs beat Grizzlies in West final Game 2 05/21/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:27am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    OF/DH Corey Dickerson missed out on a good birthday gift when AL player of the week honors went instead to Detroit's J.D. Martinez. Dickerson hit .385 with five homers, nine RBIs and nine runs; Martinez went .389-4-9-7 and got the nod.

  2. Rays journal: Alex Cobb learning to work with what he has

    Sports

    ST. PETERSBURG

    If this were 2012 or 2013, even 2014, RHP Alex Cobb would have problems. He would find himself working with only two of his three pitches, with the missing pitch being his trusty changeup.

    Alex Cobb, working mainly with his fastball and curveball, is 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA over his past five starts. The Rays right-hander tries to continue his strong stretch tonight against the Angels.
  3. Rays vs. Angels, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Angels

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Fennelly: This season's Chris Archer is a pleasure to watch

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG

    At this time last season, through 10 starts, Rays pitcher Chris Archer was 3-5 on his way to 9-19.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, May 21, 2017.
  5. Bucs' O.J. Howard ends big day with BP, first pitch for Rays

    Blogs

    Bucs tight end O.J. Howard is known for his athleticism at 6-foot-6, 251-pounds. As an outfielder, he took his Autuaga Academy High School baseball team to the state tournament in Alabama as a junior.

    On Monday, after a little instruction from Steven Souza, Jr., the left-handed hitting Howard started making …