Grizzlies snap 17-game Denver skid
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Hakim Warrick netted a team-high 25 points and
Chucky Atkins added 22, as the Memphis Grizzlies rebounded from a slow start
to defeat the Nuggets, 108-96, winning at Denver for the first time since
November 18, 1997.
Lawrence Roberts contributed 16 points and Mike Miller added 13 points and
dished out a career-high 14 assists for the Grizzlies, who snapped a 17-game
skid in the Mile High city.
“Obviously it was kind of an interesting game, based on how we started to how
we finished,” said Memphis head coach Mike Fratello. “Obviously we haven’t had
success on the road against this team. I’m happy for the guys.”
Carmelo Anthony contributed a season-high 37 points, nine rebounds and seven
assists for the Nuggets, who saw their five-game winning streak end. Four of
those victories came at home, and Denver was looking to win six straight for
the first time since January 14-25 last season, when they took seven in a row.
Marcus Camby had a double-double, donating 14 points and 10 rebounds in a
losing effort. Yakhouba Diawara and Eduardo Najera added 13 apiece.
Both teams shot a dismal 48 percent from the floor. Memphis finished 45-of-92
while Denver was 38-of-78.
Leading 81-80 after a see-saw third quarter, the Grizzlies used a 10-2 run to
blow the game open in the final session.
Rudy Gay started things off with a jumper, but Anthony matched the effort at
the other end. Roberts then grabbed the rebound after Warrick’s missed layup,
dunking the ball to keep the three-point lead. Then, after Anthony missed a
jump shot for Denver, Roberts drained another basket. Brian Cardinal had a
tip-in and Eddie Jones finished the flurry with a jumper for Memphis to make
The Nuggets had five missed shots and two turnovers at the other end during
the Grizzlies’ last two scores of that run and trailed by nine or better the
rest of the way.
“To me, basically we did not play Nugget basketball,” said Denver head coach
George Karl. “After the first five minutes we stopped running. We just stood
and held the ball. We over-relied on Mello (Carmelo Anthony). We have to get
other players involved.”
The Nuggets went on a 19-8 run in the first quarter, capped by Anthony’s
driving layup and ensuing foul shots, where he went one-of-two from the line.
Memphis responded by scoring nine of the last 16 points in the quarter, but
the Nuggets ended the frame with a 25-17 advantage.
Memphis answered by going on a 21-9 run to open the second quarter. Warrick
had nine points in the spurt, finishing with a reverse layup and a shot from
the charity stripe to make it 38-34 at 5:47. The Grizzlies continued their hot
shooting the rest of the way, rallying to take a 53-52 lead into the half.
Anthony was on the court 44:49, including the entire first quarter and all of
the second half…Denver leads the all-time series 29-15…Before the victory,
the Grizzlies were the only NBA team never to win at the Pepsi Center.