Time after time, the Spurs came down the floor in the second half Thursday and pulled out a playbook page from their past.

On five consecutive occasions during a rugged 107-97 victory over Memphis at the AT&T Center, the Spurs cleared out for Tim Duncan on the low block and let him go to work.

The play is called "four down." And Duncan could scarcely recall the last time he'd seen such a steady diet of it.

"It's been forever," he said. "Since the old days."

Fueled in part by "four down," Duncan matched a season high with 28 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and added a pair of blocks for good measure, at times simply willing the Spurs to win over the Grizzlies and steering them clear of a three-game losing streak.