The San Antonio Spurs hung on in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead, 93-89, after blowing an 18-point second half lead.
It's hard not to be taken back to the 2012 Western Conference finals after the first two games, though. The Spurs have their 2-0 lead, which is what they're supposed to have. They worked the Grizzlies in Game 1 and in Game 2, appeared to be showing their superiority again. But like the Thunder did in Game 2 last year, the Grizzlies made a second half push.
And they almost stole the darn thing.
They didn't, and they have nothing to show for their efforts, but they did prove to themselves they can play with the Spurs. They can look at a lot of what they did wrong, where they failed and what they didn't do, and feel like they can change things in Memphis. Winning Game 2 would've been massive. But just coming back might be enough to restore a little confidence and belief.
The Grizzlies didn't get a great performance from anyone and nearly won a game in which they shot 34 percent from the field. They did it because of 19 offensive rebounds, which led to 14 extra shots. They took care of the ball and grit and grinded as much as they could. They just couldn't find enough in overtime.
It's a weird game for the Spurs. They won, which is a happy thing, but they really almost completely choked it away. They've opened a door for the Grizzlies and they're poking the bear. (Get it? You get it.)
But they lead 2-0. Game 3, it's pretty important right now.