So the Grizz made history. Three times in a week. Awesome. Like before, you want the more traditional recap, go here.
This is the breakdown master list. As always these are real events that happened in a real game…
Top Five Basketball Moments
5) Greivis Vasquez’s first quarter
Coach Hollins called him “dudley do-right.” If not for Randolph a more appropriate moniker would be “hero of the day.” When starting guard Mike Conley had to leave the game because of two fouls in the first two minutes, the rookie Vasquez came in and played like a man possessed.
The Venezuela native dropped a runner immediately after entering the game, and led all scorers at the half. Vasquez stayed steady despite aggressive pressure from Tony Parker and really delivered some huge minute with Conley struggling with fouls and his own jump shot for the entire game.
4) Zach Randolph rumbles past Ginobli for fast break score
It’s hard to pick many moments from the second, third and most of the fourth quarter, because the Grizzlies and Spurs were just trading stand-up punches in front of an increasingly nervous crowd.
But watching Zach Randolph execute a fast break with the much quicker Ginobli chasing him with 6:38 left in the fourth was a special moment.
3) Darrell Arthur alley-oops, blocks, alley-oops again.
Another set from those tense, tense quarters. As I’ve said before, teams have a tendency to forget about DA. It happened again in the third quarter, as Arthur slammed home an alley-oop from Mayo, then blocked a shot, then slammed home another alley-oop from Vasquez. It was one of many moments that temporarily brought the crowd back into the game until the Spurs landed another punch.
2) Antonio McDyess gives Spurs 80-79 lead
When this happened, the Grizzlies were done messing around. The Grizzlies had stubbornly hung onto the lead until this point, but McDyess jumper made the possibility of a Spur win suddenly very real. The Grizzlies were down again, in a position they were used to, in a position where they were comfortable, and the increased comfort level showed. After the shot the Grizzlies came out of a timeout with an 8-0 run.
1) Zach Randolph muscles through three defenders to cap 14-2 run, seal game
The Spurs had managed to make the run 10-2 at this point, but Z-Bo was not having any of their defiance. The Grizzlies’ unquestionable MVP bullied through three Spurs to finish with a signature so-ugly-its-beautiful layup and put the Grizzlies up 10. Then the crowd stopped being nervous and started celebrating again. They realized it was really happening.
Top Five “You had to be there” Moments
5) The great signs / t-shirts
Memphis fans have been great in this department for the whole series, and tonight was no different. Some highlights include signs of the royal couple with Grizz headbands, a signs reading “Finish Them,” (aside: if the Grizzlies were a Mortal Kombat character who would they be? Sub-Zero?), “Grit, grind beats flop, whine,” and a set of t-shirts that read “Go Flop Yourself Ginobli.”
4) Tony Allen dives over scorer’s table, fires up crowd
While hustling for a loose ball along the sidelines, Spur forward Matt Bonner bumped Tony Allen hard enough to send him hurtling over the scorer’s table. Allen’s anger raged until the officials closed on him and the crowd roared. Then Tony calmed down, got up and faced the crowd as he was showered with chants of “TO-NY! TO-NY!” followed by a massive “Let’s go Grizzlies!”
3) Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey
Yes this was a Monkey riding a dog. A border collie if you’re a stickler for details. Presented as “Grizz’s present to the Spurs,” fans were treated to – well – a monkey riding a dog during a third quarter timeout. It was just one more thing that helped the crowd stay in the game during some of the most nerve-racking minutes in the history of MemphiSports.
2) Jerry Lawler literally pulls the strap down
See the top five tweets for more on this. Lawler again came out to fire up the crowd before the game, but this time took off his custom Grizzlies jersey to literally pull down the straps of his Beale Street blue tights.
“I know there was a royal wedding this morning, but the King had to get back to Memphis for the Royal beatdown we’re gonna put on the Spurs tonight!”
The Grizzlies made history for the third time in just a few weeks. The crowd stayed for longer than they ever have, rejoicing in DJ Khaled’s “All I do is Win” and Teflon Don’s “M.E.M.P.H.I.S. Grizzlies.”
Finally it was time to celebrate.
Top Five Quotes
5) Shane Battier
“The single moment where the clock hit zero was one of the purest moments I’ve had in sports.”
4) Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to ESPN AV guy before his press conference
“Do you want to do this for me?”
3) Lionel Hollins to NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein
“What’s up baby? I knew we were in the big time when I saw you were in the house.”
2) Marc Gasol
“There’s a lot of history in what we’ve done here but our job is not done. We’re not satisfied with where we are right now. We’re going to keep moving forward and play without fear.”
1) Zach Randolph
“I feel like I’m from Memphis.”
Top Five Tweets
Z-Bo has an extra W chromosome.
Guy behind me loves the timeout entertainment: “MONKEY RIDING A DOG! MONKEY RIDING A DOG!”
Anyone know who is winning Music Fest?
Top Five Photos
Be sure to check out MemphiSport Live (MSL) Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00pm on Sport 56 AM 560 for the first radio show to recap the game. Scheduled guests are Chris Wallace, Greivis Vasquez, Jerry Lawler, and Jimmy Goldstein. All packed into what may prove to be the greatest two hours in Memphis sports radio history. Or History.
For more on the series, check out the Top Five Everything of Game Four, our Game Four recap, the Top Five Everything of Game Three, our Game Three recap, our take on the game one win, and for some further back nostalgia, our Top 6 Beards of the Playoff Run.