Kawhi Leonard had 43 points and Memphis committed 23 turnovers Saturday, yet the Grizzlies somehow stole a jaw-dropping Game 4 win on a Marc Gasol game-winner in overtime.
Big Spain’s roll down the lane gave Memphis a 110-108 victory, capping a ridiculous back-and-forth duel between Leonard (43 points, eight rebounds, three assists, six steals) and Mike Conley (35 points, nine rebounds, eight assists).
THE GAME WINNER. pic.twitter.com/FftESS5eI2
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) April 23, 2017
Leonard scored 16 straight points to end the fourth quarter before Conley nailed a difficult floater to force overtime:
Free basketball. ?
— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 23, 2017
Leonard had a chance to win the game in regulation on the following possession but air balled a long jumper. He also struggled in overtime, committing an egregious turnover in the closing minute to give Memphis a chance, and the Grizzlies capitalised.
While Game 4 was fantastic, it came with a bit of controversy. Late in the fourth quarter, the Spurs were forced to rush a shot following an offensive rebound when the shot clock failed to reset on a miss that seemed to hit the rim, causing the buzzer to sound. Play did not stop for the phantom violation, allowing the Grizzlies to start a fast break the other way.
In a game decided on the final possession, such mistakes naturally loom large in the eyes of fans.
In Atlanta, Paul Millsap scored 29 points and Dennis Schroder added 27 as the Atlanta Hawks eased to a 116-98 win on Saturday to bring the series back to 2-1.
Millsap (29P / 14R) & Schroder (27P) gives @ATLHawks their first W of the series.
— NBA (@NBA) April 23, 2017
After two narrow losses in Washington, Atlanta built a huge 25-point lead by late in the first quarter to seal a comfortable win.
John Wall scored 29 points, but got little help from his teammates.
Game 4 is on Monday night in Atlanta.
The Raptors tied up their series with Milwaukee at 2-2 thanks to DeMar DeRozan’s 33 points.
— NBA (@NBA) April 22, 2017
Kyle Lowry scored 18 points for the Raptors, who turned up their intensity after a poor showing in Game 3.
Game 5 is on Monday at the Air Canada Centre.
Tony Snell top-scored for Milwaukee with 19 points.
All the results from Saturday’s NBA playoffs
Toronto Raptors 87-76 Milwaukee Bucks (Game 4, Series tied at 2-2)
Washington Wizards 98-116 Atlanta Hawks (Game 3, Washington lead 2-1)
San Antonio Spurs 108-100 Memphis Grizzlies (OT) (Game 4, Series tied 2-2)