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June 23 2017, 03:40 | Van Peters
Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan shoots during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round playoff series basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Milwaukee.
The Memphis Grizzlies looked absolutely down and out after getting blown out in the first two games of the series but fast forward to today and we're looking at a tied series as the Grizzlies escaped Game 4 with a 110-108 overtime win. The Spurs were able too come back from ten down in the fourth quarter and force overtime on the back of an wonderful display from Kawhi Leonard, but they couldn't quite finish things off as Memphis tied up the series. The two traded blows all night, almost matching each other shot for shot until the final buzzer.
A career night for Kawhi Leonard (43 points, 7-for-10 from downtown, eight rebounds, six steals). The fans got their money's worth.
The Spurs' young star hit 7 of 10 shots from 3-point range, made one-legged, fade-away jumpers and put his team on his back while scoring eight of their 12 points in overtime. International Business Times predicted the Spurs would sweep. Tied at 96, Conley opened up the scoring with an easy layup against shooting guard Danny Green. Andrew Harrison had two clutch moments in OT: a blocked shot that led was a five-point swing and two free throws.
The Spurs and Grizzlies split four regular-season games in 2016-17, with the home team winning each time.
Matching play with Leonard is turning into a good thing for Conley.
"That was a great game", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after Game 4. "Man, is he a superstar".
"It was a very frustrating process to see us turn the ball over that way", said Fizdale. His play of the night was this impressive and-1 3-pointer.
And it's the reason why Memphis should be wary of heading back to San Antonio for Game 5.
Zach Randolph also had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Vince Carter chipped in with 13 markers. With the win Memphis tied the series at 2, which now begs the question can Memphis take down the Spurs?
Tony Parker scored 22 points after being shut out in Game 3, and LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
Gasol finished with 16 points after shooting 5 of 12 for the game. "We've got to do a better job defensively".
Manu Ginobili still can't buy anything in this series.
In Portland, Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the short-handed Warriors overcame a slow start to take a 3-0 lead in their playoff series against the Trail Blazers. Leonard was unstoppable, but they still lost the game.
However, a return to their home court should provide somewhat of a confidence boost for San Antonio.