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Spurs rally, move to verge of Finals

MEMPHIS — Tim Duncan scored the first five of overtime, and the Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Grizzlies 104-93 Saturday night and move a win away from the NBA Finals.

The Spurs grabbed a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference final and have won five straight this postseason. With the memory of blowing a 2-0 lead a year ago in the West final to the Thunder, when they lost the next four, the Spurs shook off their sloppy play early and pushed the young Grizzlies to the edge of elimination in the first West final played in Memphis.

San Antonio, which didn't lead in Game 3 until the opening minute of the fourth quarter, can wrap up the series Monday in Memphis.

The Spurs had eight turnovers in the first quarter, when they fell behind by as much as 29-11 and finished with 13 points in the quarter (compared to their 18 in the five-minute overtime). Two of the turnovers were committed by Duncan, who missed his only shot in the quarter. He finished with a flourish, scoring seven in the extra period.

"I think I was hesitating a little too much throughout the game shooting the ball," Duncan said during an oncourt interview. "In overtime I tried to attack a little more, get the first shot off and I got the second one going to the basket."

Spurs 104, Grizzlies 93 OT

SAN ANTONIO (104): Leonard 2-6 0-1 4, Duncan 11-19 2-5 24, Splitter 5-5 1-2 11, Parker 11-22 3-3 26, Green 1-5 0-0 3, Ginobili 5-9 7-8 19, Bonner 2-4 3-3 8, Neal 1-4 0-0 2, Diaw 3-7 0-0 7, Joseph 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-82 16-22 104.

MEMPHIS (93): Prince 3-7 0-0 7, Randolph 5-14 4-8 14, Gasol 7-18 2-2 16, Conley 8-21 2-3 20, Allen 5-9 2-4 12, Bayless 3-11 0-0 7, Pondexter 6-13 0-1 15, Dooling 0-0 0-0 0, Arthur 1-2 0-0 2, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Leuer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-97 10-18 93.

San Antonio 13 27 24 22 18— 104

Memphis 29 15 21 21 7— 93

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 6-18 (Ginobili 2-5, Bonner 1-1, Diaw 1-3, Parker 1-3, Green 1-5, Leonard 0-1), Memphis 7-20 (Pondexter 3-6, Conley 2-8, Prince 1-1, Bayless 1-5). Fouled OutPondexter. ReboundsSan Antonio 57 (Leonard 11), Memphis 57 (Randolph 15). AssistsSan Antonio 20 (Duncan, Ginobili, Parker 5), Memphis 18 (Gasol 5). Total FoulsSan Antonio 21, Memphis 24. A18,119 (18,119).

BIG 1?: LeBron James sat at the table alone, all by himself at the interview podium early Saturday morning.

The scene took place after the Heat lost to the Pacers on Friday in Game 2 of the East final. James had the look of a shipwrecked survivor stranded on a deserted island.

In many ways, it was symbolic of how things have played out thus far. It has been all James and not enough supporting cast, leaving the series tied at 1 heading back to Indiana for today's Game 3.

Just when it appeared the Heat was past its depth issues, the concerns have resurfaced. Only this time, it also involves the team's other two All-Stars.

"We're not going to change from one game," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Look, this series is very close. The lead changes. We had opportunities at the end (of Game 2). Everybody was raving about our depth last game and that we have an incredible amount of depth. That's one of our major strengths and we'll continue to go for it, and we have full confidence in those guys."

The supporting cast has always raised issues for this team the past three seasons, but now Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have entered the equation. Bosh and Wade have done little to assist James through two games, at least not like in the past. James has 66 points in the series, nearly equaling Bosh and Wade combined (67).

"We're just doing what we can with our opportunities," said Wade, who has taken 15 fewer shots than James in the two games. "We don't have the ball every possession. We're doing what we can with our opportunities. Hopefully, we get more."

Duncan Divorce: The Spurs' Duncan is getting divorced from his wife, Amy, who filed the papers in March, according to court documents obtained by the San Antonio Express-News. The couple got married in July 2001 and have two children.

Higher power?

Let the debate continue over who is better, Michael Jordan or LeBron James, though a third party seems to have entered the race:

THEN

"I didn't think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done to us. He is the most exciting, awesome player in the game today. I think it's just God disguised as Michael Jordan."

Larry Bird, Celtics forward, after MJ scored an NBA playoff-record 63 in a 135-131 double-overtime loss at Boston in 1986

"Forget the record. I'd give all the points back if we could win." Michael Jordan

NOW

"It's only like one person that's more scarier than that and that's God."

Pacers guard George Hill, when asked Friday after Indiana's Game 2 win over the Heat if there was any player more dangerous with the ball at the end of a game than LeBron James

"I'm nowhere near close. I made two mistakes tonight that hurt our team. And that hurt more than anything."

LeBron James, who despite shooting 70 percent from the field en route to 36 points, 8 rebounds, 3 three assists and 3 steals had two key turnovers in final minute

Spurs rally, move to verge of Finals 05/25/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 26, 2013 12:26am]

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