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               === Grizzlies pick up crucial win over Nuggets ===
 Memphis,  TN  ( -  Marc  Gasol  scored  24 points  and  Zach
 Randolph  added 20  points and 15 rebounds  to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a
 100-92 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday.
 Mike  Conley added 21 points while Tayshaun Prince and Courtney Lee chipped in
 with  12 and  10 points, respectively, for  the Grizzlies, who have won two of
 their  last  three.
 Memphis is now tied with Phoenix for the eighth spot in the Western Conference
 and both teams trail Dallas by one half game for seventh.
 Randy  Foye scored 21 points, Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 12 rebounds and
 Ty  Lawson  finished with 16  points off the bench  for the Nuggets, losers in
 five of their last six games.
 "It  was kind  of an ugly game,"  Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said. "We just
 have to keep continuing to fight and finish this thing out."
 Lawson  left the game with just over three minutes remaining after turning his
 ankle  after stepping  on Memphis  guard Conley's  foot while  driving to  the
 Lawson  fell to the ground in pain, but remained in the game to attempt a pair
 of  free throws. After hitting the second, Denver quickly fouled the Grizzlies
 and Lawson limped off the court and to the locker room.
 The  Nuggets pulled  within five, 75-70, following a Timofey Mozgov 3-pointer,
 but  a 15-6  run put the Grizzlies  up 90-76 with 4:43 left. Conley capped the
 flurry  with a 3-pointer  and a free throw after Brian Shaw was whistled for a
 "I  thought we came  out in the second half and played with a nice intensity,"
 Memphis head coach Dave Joerger said. "We made shots. Zach (Randolph) and Marc
 (Gasol) and Mike (Conley) were big all in the second half."
 Foye  had  Denver within four, 96-92,  after burying a 3-pointer with 52 ticks
 remaining. Memphis scored the final four points of the game to seal the win.
 The  Grizzlies jumped  out to a 24-18  lead after 12 minutes. Ed Davis knocked
 down  a jumper early in the second to make it 26-18, but a 25-9 swing from the
 Nuggets made it 43-35 with 1:55 left in the first half. Faried and Lawson both
 scored nine on the run. Denver took a 47-43 lead into the break.
 The  Grizzlies trailed  65-64 after Evan Fournier's dunk, but closed the third
 quarter with five straight points to take a 69-65 lead into the final frame.
                                   Game Notes
 The  Grizzlies scored  17 points off 20 Denver turnovers ... The Memphis bench
 scored  just 13 points ;... The Grizzlies were 2-for-11 from 3-point range ...
 Mozgov scored 13 points and Aaron Brooks added 11 for the Nuggets.
 04/05 02:02:22 ET

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