Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Monday, November 4th
Game 2: Friday, November 22nd
Game 3: Wednesday, January 22nd
Game 4: Wednesday, April 2nd

Spurs 93


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, January 22, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 23 20 24 3198
    SA 25 21 24 2393

    Top Performers

    Mem: P. Gasol 28 Pts, 17 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk

    SA: T. Duncan 30 Pts, 21 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Grizzlies end six-year San Antonio curse

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies are so young, they didn't even know when the losing streak started.

    They just knew they needed a win against the San Antonio Spurs.

    Pau Gasol had 28 points and 17 rebounds as the Grizzlies defeated San Antonio for the first time in nearly six years, snapping a 21-game losing streak to the Spurs with a 98-93 victory Wednesday night.

    "I only lost six times to this team,'' Gasol of his two-year tenure with the team. "I felt really good to get a win against them, especially on the road. We're trying to build for the future; get this team in the right direction.''

    Memphis hadn't defeated the Spurs since Feb. 12, 1997, when the franchise was based in Vancouver. The Grizzlies are now 4-26 against San Antonio.

    "With a young team like we are, the effort and willingness to learn has been terrific,'' Grizzlies head coach Hubie Brown said. "Tonight's win definitely shows how hard they have worked down the stretch.''

    The loss ended the Spurs' four-game win streak.

    "When you play a team you're supposed to beat, in a strange way, teams have to focus more than when they play a team with the same record,'' said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. "Its a tough loss.''

    Jason Williams added 18 points, 10 assists and no turnovers, while Drew Gooden started in place of Shane Battier and had 12 points.

    Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 30 points and 21 rebounds despite double-team coverage. He also added five assists and four blocks.

    "Putting up 30 or more points and 20 rebounds in any kind of a defensive situation is amazing,'' Brown said. "I felt though, our double-teaming was effective in slowing down the rest of the team.''

    Memphis did just that as they held the Spurs to 37 percent shooting from the field. Stephen Jackson scored 17, David Robinson 11, Tony Parker 10 and Malik Rose 10.

    The game was close all the way, with 14 lead changes and 20 ties.

    Memphis took the lead for good when Williams hit a 3-pointer from 24 feet with 1:44 left to make it 89-86.

    The Spurs stayed close, coming within one again when Robinson's putback with 26 seconds left cut the lead to 94-93. Williams then hit a pair of free throws with 8 seconds left.

    The Grizzlies went on a 15-5 run early in the third quarter to take a 58-51 lead -- their largest of the game. The Spurs answered with an 8-0 run of their own at the end of the third quarter to take a 70-67 lead.

    Jackson took a no-look, bounce pass from Duncan down the lane for a resounding dunk to give the Spurs a 46-43 halftime lead.

    "It's definitely tough when you get a team that's hungry like Memphis and they come in and play harder than you on your own court,'' said Spurs forward Stephen Jackson. "There's nothing you can do. They just flat out beat us today.''

    Game notes

    The Spurs lead the league in blocks, averaging 7.18, while the Grizzlies are fourth with 6.28. They each had eight blocks Wednesday. ... Grizzlies G Wesley Person was added to the 3-point shootout at NBA All-Star Saturday. ... Duncan had his 28th double-double of the year, second best in the league.

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