The San Antonio Spurs battled back from an 18-point deficit on the weekend to beat the Memphis Grizzlies on the road 104-93 in the third game of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
The victory puts the Spurs up 3-0 so far in the series and just one game away from a ticket to the NBA finals for the first time since 2007, when they blanked the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0.
The fourth game of the series against the Grizzlies will be played on Monday at the FedExForum in Memphis, which registered its 16th consecutive capacity crowd in the playoffs.
Guard Tony Parker once more led the Spurs' attack, scoring 26 points, contributing five assists and grabbing four rebounds, although he turned the ball over seven times.
Along with Parker, veteran power forward/center Tim Duncan brought his best game to Memphis, but he especially shone in overtime where he scored seven of his 24 points. During the game as a whole, he captured 10 rebounds, contributed five assists and blocked two shots.
The 37-year-old Duncan's brilliant work came just hours after it became publicly known that his wife Amy, to whom he has been married for 12 years, filed for divorce last March.
Veteran Argentine guard Manu Ginobili, coming off the bench, played his most complete playoff game, scoring 19 points, snagging seven rebounds and providing five assists.
Ginobili, who played 30 minutes, hit on five of his nine shots from the field, including two of his five three-pointers, and sank seven of his eight free throws. EFE