That hissing sound heard all around SA late last night was the collective sigh of relief from Spurs fans that followed the 121-96 win over the Rockets.
The Rockets made 22-of-50 3-point shots. No team has ever made more than 15 3-pointers in a playoff game against the Spurs.
There’s a widely-accepted maxim in NBA playoff basketball that the most difficult win to attain is the close-out game.
In Game 5 of the Spurs’ first-round playoff series against the Grizzlies, Manu Ginobili scored eight points in the first quarter of the Spurs’ 116-103 win.
The last Spurs home game of the season on April 8 started with a group of Sikhs who impressed the crowd of 20,000 with the national anthem.
The fact the Spurs and Grizzlies played an instant classic playoff game won’t mollify Spurs fans disappointed by a 110-108 overtime loss.
The Spurs’ JumboTron spawned an international sports trend – every professional team had to have one.
Thursday’s game ended in a 105-94 Grizzlies victory that sets up a pivotal Game 4 on Saturday night at FedEx, where the Spurs have yet to win this season.
Kawhi Leonard scored a career playoff high 37 points on just 14 shots, and Tony Parker had a second solid game scoring 15 points.
Nobody expected the Spurs to have an easy time of it in their first-round NBA playoff series against the muck-it-up and grind-it-out defense of the Memphis Grizzlies, not even when Tony Allen, Memphis’ version of Bruce Bowen, was declared out for the series with a calf injury.