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NBA   FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH   TOTAL
                       ---  ---  ---  ---   -----
      MEMPHIS          16   32   26   28    102  
      DENVER           34   33   15   29    111     FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MEM - MIKE MILLER 17, LORENZEN WRIGHT 16, 
                      BRIAN CARDINAL 16
                DEN - CARMELO ANTHONY 22, KENYON MARTIN 17, 
                      ANDRE MILLER 15

HIGH REBOUND:   MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 11, BRIAN CARDINAL 5, 
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 3
                DEN - NENE HILARIO 15, MARCUS CAMBY 8, KENYON 
                      MARTIN 8

HIGH ASSISTS:   MEM - EARL WATSON 10, JASON WILLIAMS 5, MIKE 
                      MILLER 5
                DEN - EARL BOYKINS 8, ANDRE MILLER 8, KENYON 
                      MARTIN 5

         ATT:   19,735

Box Score

MEMPHIS (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp P Gasol 18 2-6 2-2 1-3 0 3 6 S Battier 17 4-7 3-4 0-1 0 5 11 L Wright 33 6-9 4-6 4-11 3 3 16 J Williams 24 4-14 0-0 1-1 5 0 10 M Miller 35 6-13 2-3 0-1 5 2 17 J Posey 23 3-8 0-0 0-1 1 2 7 B Cardinal 29 6-11 4-4 1-5 3 5 16 B Wells 23 5-8 0-0 0-3 0 2 10 E Watson 21 2-5 1-2 0-2 10 2 5 S Swift 12 1-3 0-2 0-3 0 4 2 A Burks 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 D Jones 2 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-85 16-23 7-32 29 30 102 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.471, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (J Williams 2-4, M Miller 3-4, J Posey 1-3, B Cardinal 0-2, B Wells 0-1, E Watson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:4 (L Wright, J Posey, B Cardinal, P Gasol). Turnovers:13 (J Williams 2, B Cardinal 2, E Watson 2, M Miller 2, L Wright, P Gasol, S Swift, B Wells, J Posey). Steals: 13 (S Battier 3, B Wells 2, E Watson 2, B Cardinal 2, L Wright, S Swift, J Posey, J Williams). DENVER (111) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Martin 31 5-10 7-7 1-8 5 3 17 C Anthony 36 5-13 12-14 3-5 1 3 22 M Camby 20 3-6 1-2 0-8 3 1 7 D Johnson 24 4-7 0-0 2-5 2 2 8 A Miller 33 7-10 1-1 1-6 8 2 15 Nene 27 4-8 6-9 9-15 1 4 14 W Person 21 4-9 0-0 0-4 0 0 11 E Boykins 29 2-7 6-7 0-1 8 2 10 E Najera 19 3-7 1-1 1-2 0 5 7 B Russell DNP - COACH'S DECISION G Buckner DNP - THIRD METACARPAL FRACTURE F Elson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-77 34-41 17-54 28 22 111 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.829. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (D Johnson 0-1, W Person 3-5, E Boykins 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots:9 (M Camby 6, K Martin, C Anthony, Nene). Turnovers:22 (A Miller 4, C Anthony 4, M Camby 3, E Najera 3, W Person 2, D Johnson 2, Nene 2, K Martin 2). Steals: 7 (D Johnson 2, K Martin 2, M Camby, A Miller, E Najera). -------------------------------------------- MEMPHIS 16 32 26 28 - 102 DENVER 34 33 15 29 - 111 -------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Memphis - 4 (Defensive Three, 11:37 1st; COACH Fratello, 1:41 2nd; B Cardinal, 2:42 4th; L Wright, 6:49 4th). Denver - 1 (C Anthony, 2:42 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,735. T: 2:17. Officials: Eddie F. Rush, Jason Phillips, Violet Palmer.


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (102) AT DENVER (111) MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === P GASOL F 18 2-6 2-2 1 2 3 0 3 0 1 6 S BATTIER F 17 4-7 3-4 0 1 1 0 5 3 0 11 L WRIGHT C 33 6-9 4-6 4 7 11 3 3 1 1 16 J WILLIAMS G 24 4-14 0-0 1 0 1 5 0 1 2 10 M MILLER G 35 6-13 2-3 0 1 1 5 2 0 2 17 J POSEY 23 3-8 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 7 B CARDINAL 29 6-11 4-4 1 4 5 3 5 2 2 16 B WELLS 23 5-8 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 2 1 10 E WATSON 21 2-5 1-2 0 2 2 10 2 2 2 5 S SWIFT 12 1-3 0-2 0 3 3 0 4 1 1 2 A BURKS 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 D JONES 2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 TOTALS 240 40-85 16-23 7 25 32 29 30 13 13 102 (.471) (.696) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 13 (13 PTS) DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === K MARTIN F 31 5-10 7-7 1 7 8 5 3 2 2 17 C ANTHONY F 36 5-13 12-14 3 2 5 1 3 0 4 22 M CAMBY C 20 3-6 1-2 0 8 8 3 1 1 3 7 D JOHNSON G 24 4-7 0-0 2 3 5 2 2 2 2 8 A MILLER G 33 7-10 1-1 1 5 6 8 2 1 4 15 NENE 27 4-8 6-9 9 6 15 1 4 0 2 14 W PERSON 21 4-9 0-0 0 4 4 0 0 0 2 11 E BOYKINS 29 2-7 6-7 0 1 1 8 2 0 0 10 E NAJERA 19 3-7 1-1 1 1 2 0 5 1 3 7 B RUSSELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION G BUCKNER DNP - THIRD METACARPAL FRACTURE F ELSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-77 34-41 17 37 54 28 22 7 22 111 (.481) (.829) TEAM REBS: 2 TOTAL TO: 22 (26 PTS) MEMPHIS 16 32 26 28 - 102 DENVER 34 33 15 29 - 111 BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - L WRIGHT, J POSEY, B CARDINAL, P GASOL. DENVER - M CAMBY 6, K MARTIN, C ANTHONY, NENE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 6-16 (.375), J WILLIAMS 2-4, M MILLER 3- 4, J POSEY 1-3, B CARDINAL 0-2, B WELLS 0-1, E WATSON 0-2. DENVER 3- 8 (.375), D JOHNSON 0-1, W PERSON 3-5, E BOYKINS 0-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MEMPHIS - DEFENSIVE THREE, COACH FRATELLO, B CARDINAL, L WRIGHT. DENVER - C ANTHONY. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: EDDIE F. RUSH, JASON PHILLIPS, VIOLET PALMER. A - 19,735. T - 2:17.


Game Story

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets could not be heading into the playoffs any hotter. If the Memphis Grizzlies keep playing like this, they may not make it at all. Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points and the Nuggets won their 10th straight game, cruising to a 111-102 victory over the Grizzlies. Denver (48-31) never trailed and led by as many as 25 points in the first half to post its 15th win in 16 games and improve to 24-2 since the All-Star break. Memphis (44-35) had a chance to seal a postseason berth Wednesday but lost at Houston. With Minnesota winning at Utah on Friday, Memphis has a two-game lead and the tiebreaker edge for the final playoff spot with three games remaining. The Nuggets put this one away early, racing to a 34-16 lead after the first quarter and holding a 67-48 cushion at the half. "Denver obviously dominated us in the first half," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "Denver is to be commended. They have been on a roll their last 26 games and they are a very deserving team of moving up into the position they are in." Memphis, which has now lost 14 straight games in Denver dating back to 1997, pulled within six points after Marcus Camby left the game with a strained right hamstring in the third quarter. Kenyon Martin and Nene kept the game out of reach, combining for 15 points in the final quarter. "We needed to concentrate on our rebounding and defense after Camby went out," NeNe said. "We started very good in the first half, but in the second half we lost our focus a little. We were up over 20 points and they came back. We can't let that happen." "It's human nature when you are up 15-20 points to give it back a little. We can't do that in the playoffs," Denver coach George Karl said. "If we give back leads in the playoffs like we do now, it will be devastating." Denver swept the four-game season series from Memphis and pulled into a tie with Houston for sixth place in the Western Conference. Camby is a game-time decision when Denver visits Houston on Saturday. "The Houston game tomorrow is going to be the biggest game of the season," Nuggets guard Andre Miller said. "We've got to go down there and get it done." "Tomorrow night's game at Houston is going to be a lot of fun," Karl added. "We need to keep winning games, keep our edge, and make sure everyone gets healthy." Martin scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Miller added 15 and eight assists for Denver. "This whole road trip has been tough on us," Grizzlies guard Bonzi Wells said. "We're pressing to try to get that one victory and guarantee our spot in the playoffs. We haven't shot the ball well lately. We have to get back to the basics and play the way we know how to play." Mike Miller scored 17 points and Lorenzen Wright and Brian Cardinal each added 16 for Memphis, which will try again to clinch a playoff spot Saturday at San Antonio. The Nuggets are 18-1 at home under Karl and 31-6 overall.


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