LOS ANGELES - Mike Conley and the Memphis Grizzlies had a defining moment against the mighty San Antonio Spurs.
Conley poured in five of his 23 points in the final minute, including the game-winning layup with six-tenths of a second left on Tuesday, lifting the Grizzlies to a gritty 92-90 victory over the depleted Spurs.
Asked if the victory was a statement game, Conley said: "It most definitely was ... beating a team like San Antonio, who played so well this year and who always plays tough against us.
"For us to come back like we did, it shows we had fight in us regardless of the score and not giving up."
Conley's three-pointer with 30.7 remaining knotted the contest at 90-90 and the Grizzlies called a timeout after Spurs guard Tony Parker missed a layup.
Memphis put the ball in Conley's hands and the speedy guard drove the left side past Danny Green and kissed a soft left-handed layup high off the glass for the difference maker, extending the Grizzlies' home-winning streak to 12.
"It seems like they were giving it to me," Conley said. "That's my favourite way to go, so I just tried to take advantage of it and make the play."
Jerryd Bayless netted 17 off the bench, while Spaniard Marc Gasol had 16 for the Grizzlies (50-24), who matched a franchise record with their 50th win of the season but remained in the fifth playoff spot in the West.