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Controversial no-call dooms Spurs in loss to Grizzlies

Spurs fall to Memphis 104-103 to drop to 8-9

(AP Photo/Darren Abate)
(AP Photo/Darren Abate)

SAN ANTONIO – It was an old fashioned NBA grind it out kind of a game Wednesday night between the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Low scoring when you compare it to other games in this year's NBA, but the Grizzlies pulled it out in the end, 104-103, to hand the Spurs just their third loss at home and drop San Antonio to 8-9 overall 

However this one did end on some controversy.

With 0.7 seconds left in the game and the Spurs up 103-102, Marc Gasol took a jumper from the right side. He missed but Rudy Gay was called for a foul.

Gasol made both free throws, giving the Grizzlies the lead, 104-103.

Then after a time out, Aldridge missed a jumper to win it. A foul on Gasol could have easily been called but somehow the ref swallowed his whistle on the final shot.

"That last play is going to stick with me personally," Gay said. "It just sucks. You know as hard as we worked, we couldn't even have anything to do with the outcome of the game."

"Tough calls are going to be made and tough calls are going to be missed," said Aldridge, who was careful with his answers, not wanting to get fined, especially since he is paying for a technical foul he received.

Aldridge, who scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, did say there was a lot of contact from Gasol when he took that final shot, but no call.

"More contact than what they called on Rudy that's for sure," said Aldridge.

The Spurs were down ten early and battled back, and then kept battling through out the rest of the game.

"We came back from such a hole, we worked our a-- off and it's crazy that one play can define the whole game," said Gay, who scored 21 points.

The Spurs were down one with under 20 seconds to play when Mike Conley missed a three pointer that was rebounded by LaMarcus Aldridge. 

The Spurs elected to not call a timeout so the Grizzlies couldn't set their defense.

DeMar DeRozan hit a tough jumper with 1.2 left to give the Spurs a lead that at the time looked like a win.

DeRozan finished with 24 points. 

"It ain't over till it's over, as long as there is time on the clock anything can happen" said DeRozan, and it did.

This was the first trip to San Antonio for the Grizzlies this season, so it was a homecoming of sorts for Kyle Anderson who scored nine points on his return. Anderson received a warm ovation from the crowd during pregame introductions.

Now the Spurs hit the road for a four-game road trip. They are 2-6 on the road so far this season. The trip starts in Indiana.


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