Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2020-2021 Play-In Tournament match between the Memphis Grizzlies (MEM) against the San Antonio Spurs (SAS) on May 20, 2021 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the FedExForum.
The Memphis Grizzlies tops over the San Antonio Spurs with a final score of 100-96.
Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 24 points, seven rebounds and played for 40 minutes for the team. Valanciunas added 23 points and 23 big rebounds, finishing the game with an outstanding double-double performance.
“It feels good, but I mean we’re not in the playoffs yet,” Ja Morant said. “Just have to turn the page.”
The Grizzlies will still have another challenge awaiting at the Chase Center where they will go up against the Golden State Warriors that got beaten by the Lakers with a final score of 103-100. The Grizzlies and the Warriors will fight for the 8th spot and can then advance to the playoffs where they will meet the Utah Jazz.
“We still have one more in front of us,” Jonas Valnciunas said. “Really important. The same importance as tonight. It’s going to be do or die. That’s how we build our confidence. That’s how we build our experience.”
Ja Morant added 20 points and six assists while Jaren Jackson Jr. had 10 points to give help his team beat down the Spurs.
“No matter what the mistakes, no matter what the circumstances are, they really fight,” Popovich said after the crucial matchup. “That’s a good base. So, I’m really proud of the way they conducted themselves and played to win.”
DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay, the veterans of the San Antonio Spurs, contributed well to the team. DeRozan finished with 20 points while and shot 10-11 from the free-throw line while Rudy Gay, who came out from the bench, also had 20 points.
“We put ourselves in a hole early, but we fought all the way back, and had the game,” DeRozan said. “Let a couple of possessions slip away from us, and that kind of hurt us.”
Poeltl and Murray both added 20 combined points, 10 for each of them.
Grizzlies vs Spurs
19-38; 30-18; 16-16; 31-28
Grizzlies (100) – Brooks 24, Valanciunas 23, Morant 20, Jackson Jr. 10, Anderson 9
Spurs (96) – DeRozan 20, Gay 20, Johnson 11, Poeltl 10, Murray 10