SAN ANTONIO – The good news is the Spurs will not have to face the Memphis Grizzlies any more during the regular season, but it was like they just didn't want to say goodbye as the teams final regular season game went into overtime.
The Spurs finally finished the night off with an overtime win, 95-89. The bad news is they will more than likely face each other in the first round of the playoffs.
After an ugly first half where the Spurs trailed after scoring 14 in the first quarter and 33 at halftime, things started to pick up in the third.
Kawhi Leonard hit back to back three's and finished the night with 32 points and 12 rebounds.
Pau Gasol came off the bench to lead the way with nine in the quarter and had 12 for the game, including 2 for 2 from three point range.
The Spurs got another feeling young performance from Tony Parker, who looked like he had some pep in his step with several drives to the hole for layups, finished with 10 points and seven assists.
The Spurs took control in the fourth for a moment with back to back three's from Aldridge and then Leonard. They led 71-60 with 7:50 left in the game.
But as fast as they go the lead, it vanished.
First the scary moment of the quarter. With under four to play, Leonard and Mike Conley knocked noggins.
Conley had to leave with a cut over his right eye. Leonard stayed in the game. After the game he said he did have a headache.
"It's decent right now, I have a headache, you know it's okay," Leonard said. He did add that there was no a concussion.
Conley, according to his head coach was knocked out.
"Not only did he get his head split open, but we lost out on the call," said Grizzlies head coach Dave Fizdale. " I don't know how he got knocked unconscious with a split eyebrow and the foul was on him."
While Leonard was was shaking out his cobwebs, the Grizzlies kept coming back.
Wayne Selden hit a three pointer to put the Grizzlies up one with just under two minutes to play 79-78.
After Leonard hit two free throws, Marc Gasol hit a jumper to put Memphis up 81-80.
Wade Baldwin hit a free throw to put Memphis up two 82-80 with 13.7 seconds left.
Leonard went one on one with JaMychal Green and hit a little step back jumper to tie it at 82 with 4.9 seconds left.
Zach Randolph responded with a high arcing jumper with 2.7 left to put the Grizzlies up 84-82.
After a timeout, the Spurs pulled off the play of the night.
It was an inbounds lob from Pau Gasol to Aldridge for a wide open layup to tie it at 84 with 1.6 left.
Leonard drew the double team and Aldridge rolled to the hole for the easy one. Leonard was actually the first option on the play.
"If he was open, obviously I was going to hit him, he attracts a lot of attention," said Gasol. " LaMarcus was wide open so I had to put it over the top right where he could just lay it up."
"Two defenders came my way, mis-communication with Memphis, he ended up cutting to the basket and a wide open alley-oop layup," Leonard said.
The game went to over time tied at 84.
A little extra time gave the Spurs a chance to work on the long range shots.
Pau Gasol hit a three with 2:04 left to put the spurs up 89-86.
Next time down the floor Patty Mills was left open in the corner and he knocked down a three to put the Spurs up 6, 92-86 with 1:33.
Leonard got a late steal and that sealed the victory for the Spurs.
"Being in the situations and being familiar with what we have to do in tight situations like that is always good," said Patty Mills, who finished with 10 points. " We want to get better in all aspects of the game. It was good to get that matchup."
The Spurs play a rare home back-to-back, hosting the Lakers Wednesday night.