NBA Game Summary - Denver at Memphis
(Monday, November 19th)
Final Score: Denver 97, Memphis 92
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Danilo Gallinari scored 26 points, six of which
came in the final two minutes, as the Denver Nuggets stopped the Memphis
Grizzlies' eight-game win streak with a thrilling 97-92 victory at FedExForum.
JaVale McGee added 15 points, including a key tip-in with 46.7 seconds left
that gave Denver a 93-92 lead, and Kenneth Faried put up 13 points and 13
rebounds to help the Nuggets end a three-game slide and prevent the Grizzlies
from setting a franchise record for consecutive victories.
"This is the first game on the road that I think we executed on a high level
both offensively and defensively," Nuggets coach George Karl said.
Rudy Gay netted 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Marc Gasol finished with 16
in only Memphis' second defeat in 10 games this season, while Zach Randolph
posted another double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Nuggets squandered a seven-point lead with under 8 1/2 minutes to go, but
regrouped to battle back from a 92-88 deficit by scoring the game's final nine
Gallinari began the surge by hitting 3-of-4 free throws, with the last two
attempts coming after he pulled down a pivotal rebound off teammate Andre
Iguodala's 3-point miss. After Gasol was called for a charging foul on the
ensuing possession, McGee crashed the boards after Denver's Andre Miller
couldn't convert a reverse layup and scored for a 94-93 edge as time wound
The Grizzlies erred on their next trip down the court as well, with Gallinari
stealing Gay's errant pass before draining a 3-pointer with 12.7 seconds to go
to seal the win.
Denver recorded 29 points off 17 Memphis turnovers for the game.
"Today we got what we deserved. The last game we didn't play that well, but
the other team wasn't as talented as this team is. When you play with fire,
sometimes you get burned," Gasol said.
Memphis trailed 79-72 early in the fourth quarter before changing momentum
with a 15-4 run over a span of nearly four minutes. Tony Allen accounted for
the final six points of the flurry, the last a jumper with 4:43 remaining that
put the Grizzlies on top by an 87-83 count.
The margin remained at four points until Denver's deciding spurt.
Neither team led by more than five points in a tightly played first half in
which the Nuggets carried a 52-49 edge into the break. Gallinari was the
standout of the opening two quarters as well, with the Italian sharp-shooter
dropping in 15 points while hitting 5-of-6 shots from the field.
Denver shot 54.1 percent as a team in the first half, but cooled off in the
third quarter as Memphis regained control. A 6-0 run midway through the period
gave the Grizzlies a 61-56 advantage, and they carried a 70-64 lead before a
McGee jumper and a Corey Brewer 3-pointer pulled the Nuggets within one
entering the final session.
The Nuggets then opened the fourth with eight consecutive points to move ahead
by a 77-70 score with less than 9 1/2 minutes to play.
The win also halted Memphis' club-record home winning streak of 15 straight
regular-season contests, with the Grizzlies' last home non-playoff loss coming
in overtime against Toronto on Mar. 16 of last season ... Denver improved to
15-4 in games in which Faried has recorded a double-double during his two-year
career ... The Nuggets, who entered the matchup leading the NBA in second-
chance points per game (19.1), scored 21 points in those situations ...
Randolph failed to reach 15 points and 10 rebounds for the first time in 10
games this season.
11/20 01:47:46 ET
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