With 5:25 left in the fourth quarter on Tuesday and the San Antonio Spurs well on their way to their 27th victory of the season leading the Memphis Grizzlies by 16 points, it looked like the Spurs’ key players would get an extra five minutes of rest as they were scheduled for a back-to-back with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
However, Mike Conley (30 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), James Johnson (15 points) and the Grizzlies had other plans.
In the final 5:25 minutes of the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies forced overtime behind 11 points from Conley in the closing five minutes and a daring 3-pointer that went in from Johnson in the final minute.
In overtime, it would be Tim Duncan (24 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks) who put the Spurs on his back as he scored 6 of their 12 points in overtime. But it wouldn’t be the 37-year old Duncan finishing the job for San Antonio, instead that final task would come from the player just a year younger than Duncan; Manu Ginobili.