Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/22

Game 1: Monday, November 22nd
Game 2: Saturday, February 26th
Game 3: Saturday, April 16th
Game 4: Monday, April 18th

Grizzlies 75

(44-36, 19-22 away)

Spurs 97

(59-21, 38-3 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, April 16, 2005

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 15 20 20 2075
    SA 21 27 25 2497

    Top Performers

    Memphis: P. Gasol 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    San Antonio: T. Parker 10 Pts, 1 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl

    San Antonio wins 10th in a row at home

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies let yet another chance to wrap up a playoff spot slip away.

    Bruce Bowen scored 15 points to help the San Antonio Spurs rout Memphis 97-75 on Saturday night, the fourth straight game the Grizzlies have missed a chance to clinch a Western Conference playoff spot.

    Memphis needs a victory or a Minnesota loss to wrap up a playoff spot. Minnesota will face Seattle at home Sunday night, while the Grizzlies will return to action Monday night at home against the Spurs.

    "We're all very disappointed about it," Fratello said. "We're not going to get this thing turned around unless we take it upon ourselves to do it. Nobody is going to come in and wave a magic wand and make us play better."

    The Grizzlies also failed to take advantage Spurs forward Tim Duncan's offensive struggles. In his second game back since missing 12 games because of a sprained ankle, Duncan went 3-of-11 from the floor and scored 11 points in 23 minutes.

    "I'm getting better and better every day, but I'm still a little tentative," Duncan said. "It will come back with time. "I think that I will be feeling pretty good by the time the playoffs roll around."

    Pau Gasol led Memphis with 17 points.

    The Grizzlies shot 32.9 percent from the floor and were 1-for-10 from 3-point range, while the Spurs made 10 of 20 3-point attempts.

    To punctuate Memphis' frustration, Grizzlies forward James Posey threw the ball almost the length of the floor when referee Ed Malloy called him for a charging foul with 10:09 left in the game and the Grizzlies trailing by 20. Posey was ejected.

    San Antonio won its 10th straight game at home. The Spurs (59-21) have the second-best record in the West behind Phoenix.

    Game notes

    The last time the Spurs lost at home was a 90-87 loss to Denver on March 12. ... Memphis guard Mike Miller, who led the team with 17 points against Denver on Friday night and had a career-high 37 against Houston on Wednesday night, scored six points on 3-of-9 shooting. He needs eight 3-point field goals to tie the Memphis single-season record set by Jason Williams in 2002-03.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 75 97
    FGM-FGA 25-76 (.329) 35-71 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 1-10 (.100) 10-20 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 24-29 (.828) 17-22 (.773)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-37 6-41
    Assists 12 24
    Turnovers 16 21
    Steals 15 8
    Blocks 4 12
    Fast Break Points 12 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 29

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 17
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 10
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0