The Spurs lives another day!

The San Antonio Spurs tried to pull away early as Tim Duncan began the game in vintage playoff form, scoring scored 11 points in the first nine minutes helping the Spurs build an early double-digit lead.

However, the Memphis Grizzlies would not go easy away that easily. They came back roaring and led 68-65 entering the fourth period.

From there, it’s was a frantic finish.

With the Spurs down 95-92, Manu Ginobili made a tough two-pointer with 2.2 seconds left.

Zach Randolph stretched the Grizzlies’ lead back to three with two free throws on the ensuing possession.

The Spurs were almost done. With 1.7 seconds left in regulation, they needed a 3-pointer to send the game into over time.

And with their season on the line, instead of Manu, Parker or Duncan taking the final shot, the Spurs turned to rookie Gary Neal.

 With Duncan setting up a perfect screen, the Spurs’ sweet shooting guard caught the inbound pass 3 feet behind the three-point line, squared up for the shot with O.J. Mayo running toward him, and hit the biggest shot of his young NBA career.

 Ginobili and Tony Parker put up the finishing touches in overtime as the Spurs eventually won the game 110-103 and force Game 6 in Memphis.

Before his game tying shot, Neal  had only one attempt this season in the final five seconds to win or tie a game — missing a three-point shot in the final seconds against the Phoenix Suns on April 13 in the Spurs’ final regular season game.

The 3-pointer that Neal made, will definitely go down as of one of the biggest shots in Spurs’ history, especially if then can complete the come back.

Nonetheless, a lot of credit should go to Ginobili. Manu had a strong game, leading the Spurs with 33 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the floor. Without his big game and his tough shot prior to Neal’s three-pointer, the Spurs wouldn’t have the chance to tie the game in regulation.

With Manu playing like Manu, and Neal coming up big with the season on the line, the Spurs can breathe a sigh of relief.

But there is a lot of work to be done.

The series goes back to Memphis on Friday, where the Grizzlies are unbeaten in the playoffs.

Do the Spurs have what it takes to extend this series and play another game in San Antonio?

If they want to keep their playoff hopes alive, they have to do so. For now, they can thank Manu and Neal as they live another day.


8 thoughts on “The Spurs lives another day!

  1. Manu did his best to keep the Spurs in the game. In the end, great coaching and two big shots made the Spurs win it.

  2. I couldn’t catch the game, but just following ScoreMobile was riveting, heart-pounding and frustrating all at the same time. And yet, this is still a one game reprieve until we win game 6, on the road.

    I still think if we play up to our ability, we can still take this series. IndyGeorge, Neal and Splitter will have to come up big.

    Fight on Spurs!

    • The game was heart pounding I couldn’t watch the final moments, but the last play was designed to perfection. Gary Neal made a heck of a shot! But you are right! The Spurs needs to win one more in Memphis and then another in San Antonio.

      I believe! The Spurs can do this! Go Spurs Go!

  3. Thanks for the comments and reads guys! Gary Neal indeed! The cold blooded shooter did it for the Spurs.

    But there’s a lot of work ahead, starting on Friday in Memphis. Hopefully they win that game and send the series back to San Antonio.

  4. Is it just me? Gary Neal made a great shot. But I wonder how will Spurs fans react if Neal missed that 3-pointer. Two Grizzlies went after him to contest the shot but just a little to late, meanwhile, Manu Ginobili was wide open in the corner.

    • I was the same, when Gary get the past and dribbled on top of the key with Mayo and Tony Allen going after him, I was like pass it to Manu he was wide open!

      Luckily for us he hit the shot. Also I’m not sure if Manu can take off a decent shot with little time left had Gary Neal opted to pass.

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