With the San Antonio Spurs season looking like it was slipping away again in the 4th quarter, head coach Gregg Popovich turned to his veteran leader Tony Parker to get control of the game and their playoff hopes.
The Memphis Grizzlies (18-44) and the San Antonio Spurs (36-27), who both like to play patient, will clash at AT&T Center. San Antonio blew a 15-point lead in a 121-116 loss to New Orleans on Wednesday and was up by 17 against Los Angeles. Kyle Anderson was the only Spurs starter in double figures (11 points). LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the lineup for San Antonio after missing a game and a half with a sprained right ankle and was largely ineffective, scoring seven points and grabbing eight rebounds in more than 31 minutes of court time. Tyreke Evans is averaging 19.4 points and 5.1 assists while Marc Gasol is averaging 17.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. "He just got them back in the game and at that same period we didn't make shots".
Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, and Boston thrived despite the absence of Kyrie Irving to notch a victory over host Chicago. Irving was held out due to a sore left knee, but the Celtics built a 26-point halftime lead and were never threatened by the Bulls. The Silver and Black lost their fourth consecutive game for the first time since January 2002. Ball finished with 18 points, and Isaiah Thomas added 21 points.
Ball's fourth 3-pointer cut San Antonio's lead to 105-104, and Randle made two free throws to give Los Angeles its first lead at 106-105 with 1:59 remaining. Andre Drummond contributed 15 points and nine rebounds, and Reggie Bullock tossed in 11 points for Detroit.
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Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic scored 29 points in a 92-89 win over the Bucks.
San Antonio's starting unit struggled to get going in this one, but it mattered for little as the bench came ot the rescue, leading them to a 100-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Spurs rank highly on blocks per game (#3), turnovers per game (#5) and offensive rebounds per game (#10). San Antonio covered as a 1-point favorite and the game finished with a total of 193 points, which was just 1 points above the projected point total of 192 points.
The Lakers and their opponents' final score has beaten the Over/Under 3 times, while falling under 1 times.