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
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
"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
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.
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.