‘Melo, Nuggets down Grizzlies
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points and Allen
Iverson had 25 with nine assists, as the Denver Nuggets put the brakes on a
four- game losing streak with a 111-107 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at
Denver is now finally starting to click with both Anthony and Iverson on the
roster, as the Nuggets are just 3-6 with the explosive duo in the lineup at
the same time.
Nene posted a career-high tying 27 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets,
who improved to 13-13 on the road. Marcus Camby added eight points and 13
boards for the Nuggets, who will return to Denver on Wednesday to open
a three-game homestand against Orlando.
Pau Gasol notched 21 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, which has dropped
four of its last five. Mike Miller also scored 21 points, and Rudy Gay netted
18. Hakim Warrick contributed 15 points off the bench for Memphis, which stays
home where it is 11-18 to host Utah on Wednesday.
Denver attained an early advantage on a 10-2 spurt capped by an Iverson jumper
with 7:36 remaining for a 12-6 lead. The Nuggets led 30-25 heading into the
Memphis closed the second quarter on a 9-4 spurt snapped by an Iverson free
throw with no time remaining that edged Denver a 55-54 halftime advantage.
The Grizzlies started pulling away on a 13-2 burst down the third-quarter
stretch capped by four straight Miller jumpers, three of which were from
beyond the arc. The Nuggets responded with an 11-6 spurt, though, capped by
Anthony’s trey with two ticks left to trail 83-82 heading into the fourth.
Memphis had a chance to rally, but Gasol missed on a jumper and Miller and Gay
both missed on three-point attempts in the final minute.
Blake converted a pair of free throws with 4.4 seconds on the clock for a
three-possession game, and Gay’s three-pointer off the backboard with 1.2
seconds left was too little too late.
Denver owns a 2-1 lead in the series so far this season, with the previous two
games taking place in Colorado. The clubs will conclude their four-game set on
April 14 in Memphis…The Nuggets have won eight of the last 10 in the series,
but have lost six of nine as the visitor.