Gasol's game-winning floater sinks Spurs in overtime
LOS ANGELES, USA - Marc Gasol lifted Memphis to a 110-108 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs with a clutch jump shot at the buzzer that allowed the Grizzlies to level their playoff series at 2-2.
Gasol's floater over Spurs defender LaMarcus Aldridge with 0.7 seconds left capped a thrilling back and forth first round playoff contest Saturday, April 22 (Sunday Manila time) in front of a crowd of 18,100 at the FedExForum arena in Memphis.
Kawhi Leonard scored a playoff career high 43 points for the Spurs, including San Antonio's final 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Leonard added 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 3 assists. Leonard's fade-away jumper with 12 seconds left in regulation gave San Antonio a 96-94 lead.
But Leonard's brilliant performance was in vain as Mike Conley led Memphis with 35 points and had 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
Conley, who had 11 points in the final quarter, answered with a floater in the lane with 4 seconds left to tie the game at 96.
Leonard then missed a 21-footer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
"It is scary as hell watching him," Conley said of Leonard.
Gasol finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. JaMychal Green had 14 points off the bench and Zach Randolph scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Memphis won despite making a franchise postseason record 23 turnovers that led to 31 San Antonio points.
The Spurs got 22 points and 5 assists from Tony Parker. Aldridge scored 13 points. – Rappler.com