Antonio McDyess grabbed.

The Spurs power forward shoved. He pushed. He bumped. He banged. He was so close that he could smell Zach Randolph's breath, could hear him inhale and exhale.

But in the final minutes of Game 6 in a first-round Western Conference series with the Spurs facing elimination Friday night at FedExForum, McDyess couldn't stop the Grizzlies' Randolph.

Randolph scored 17 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to give No. 8 seed Memphis a 99-91 win over the top-seeded Spurs.

"After the game, I tried to rewind what I could have done better defensively," McDyess said. "I think I played pretty good defense on Zach. I tried to make things as tough as I could on him.

"Zach made some really tough shots. I can live with that. I played as good a defense as I could."

Said Randolph, "I wanted to touch the ball every time it came downcourt. I told Mike (Conley), 'Give me the ball.'"

The way Randolph dug down deep - he scored 13 points in the final 4:24 after a McDyess 22-footer had given the Spurs a 80-79 lead with 4:40 left - was pretty much typical of the Grizzlies' resolve that surprised the favored Spurs throughout the series.

"That really surprised me, with them being a young team," McDyess said. "A young team usually fades, and the better team keeps going on.

"But they came back and hit us with all they had and got every win they needed to get. Talent-wise, we're the better team with the most experience, but after you see what they did to us, they looked like the No. 1 seed and we looked like the No. 8 seed."