LaMarcus Aldridge Delivers Epic Dunk in NBA Playoffs Thriller

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol reacts during the second half of Game 3 in the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.

San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard grabs for a rebound against Memphis GrizzliesÕ Andrew Harrison during second half action of Game 2 in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs held Monday April 17, 2017 at the AT&T Center. The Grizzlies had a late lead, lost it, but battled back to gut out a win in OT.

Patty Mills was also able to get going in game three (somewhat).

Kawhi and the Spurs need to get back to their game if they want to rebound from this loss. A confident Grizzlies team at home is risky, as that Memphis crowd gets into it and this team is full of dogs who simply get after it defensively and thrive off the madhouse. "My guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game, and (the refs) did not even give us a chance". There was much more "grit and grind" and less of whatever it was the Grizz called defense in the first two games. In overtime, both the Spurs and Grizzlies would score after the other. That's where that part of the story ends, because he airballed to end the fourth and slightly dim the moment, which capped Leonard's run of 16-straight fourth quarter points. The incident occurred Friday night when the Rockets played in Oklahoma City. This was their first win in a Game 4 since May 13, 2013, over Oklahoma City.

That plus 53.9-point swing is the second-highest for any team with and without a particular player on the court among the 53 players that have played at least 80 minutes in this year's playoffs, behind the Washington Wizards' plus 86.0-point swing with and without Bradley Beal on the court. Mike Conley had 35 points, eight assists and nine rebounds in the game, Gasol and Zach Randolph had double-doubles and the Grindfather himself, Tony Allen (who would have been marking Leonard the entire time, for what that's worth), remained out with injury.

"I thought we played well enough to win the game", Parker said, and then looking ahead to Game 5 in San Antonio: "It's a must-win situation for us now".

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the game got away from San Antonio in the first minute of the third quarter.

As for the Spurs, they started the second half by giving the Grizzlies the ball with two quick turnovers.

This was the first overtime game in the playoffs.

Game 4: Spurs minus-3.5, Saturday at 5 p.m. That's what happens when you have a team that combines to hit the shooting benchmarks of 50-40-90 in a game. Leonard finished with 43 points, eight rebounds and six steals, among other things.

I will sometimes wait for a home favorite to win the first two games of a series and then take the team down 0-2 in Game 3 as they travel back home. He hit 9 of 16 shots and even drained a 3-pointer for good measure. David Lee, another Spur off the bench, scored 0 points on 0-of-3 shooting, along with just two rebounds.

The strength of the Spurs has always been they can hang in games with their bench while starters get some rest.

  • Julie Sanders