First to 100: Grizzlies tame Spurs 91-88, lead series 2-1

Z-Bo iced it. With 41.9 left in the game and 2 seconds left on the shot clock, Zach Randolph nailed an open three-pointer to put the Grizzlies up 91-85 en route to a win and a 2-1 series lead.

The sellout crowd of 18,119 was the most raucous of the Grizzlies FedExForum tenure, proudly waving their provided white “growl towels” and giving the newly nicknamed “The Grindhouse” a reason for the moniker.

Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol were key for the Grizzlies inside, combining for 42 of the Grizzlies 91 points. Mike Conley added 14.

Despite trailing for three quarters, a few times by more than 14, the Spurs mounted a late run in the fourth quarter, managing to force a late tie and keep the game close in the final minutes. The Grizzlies never relinquished the lead though, and Randolph’s three sealed the game.

For the Memphis crowd and the Grizzlies however, there was no losing this game. No losing a game where Jerry “The King” Lawler pumped up the crowd before tipoff. No losing a game where Tim Duncan air-balled his first free throw in the opening seconds, and no losing another playoff game in Memphis.

First to 100 is a new feature for MemphiSport.net that will appear after every Grizzlies home game. 100 or so words of the best stuff from that night’s action.

Doug Gillon covers the Grizzlies for MemphiSport. You can follow him via Twitter@douggillon. For more live tweets during Grizzlies games follow  @memphisport@cerrito, and @chasingphoto

Photo by Chase Gustafson.

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