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NBA: Spurs respond to abysmal fourth period, take 2-0 lead over Grizzlies

SAN ANTONIO – After the Spurs self-destructed in the fourth quarter, Tim Duncan put them back together.

Tony Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Duncan scored San Antonio’s first six points of overtime, and the Spurs bounced back to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 on Tuesday night.

The Spurs squandered a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, but still took a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals with Game 3 on Saturday in Memphis.

Duncan opened the extra period with a layup, then made a tiebreaking putback on Parker’s missed jumper before making a runner that bounced high of the back iron and rattled in for a 91-87 lead with 1:08 to play.

The Grizzlies had a chance to tie after Jerryd Bayless hit a jumper and Parker missed one of two free throws with 14.6 seconds left, but Bayless’ 3-pointer from the left wing was off-target.

Bayless and Mike Conley each had 18 points to lead Memphis.

Duncan had 17 points and nine rebounds, missing most of the second half with foul trouble before coming up with the key baskets in overtime.

Zach Randolph had 15 points and 18 rebounds after a two-point performance in Game 1.

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