The Denver Nuggets were hoping to avenge a loss to their Western Conference rivals earlier in the week when they traveled down to Memphis to face the Grizzlies Friday night. But a poor second half effort lead to a 100-92 Nuggets' defeat.
Just four short days ago, the Grizz made the trek up to Denver to face off with the Nuggs in what turned out to be yet another close battle between the two squads. But much like today's performance, it was the boys from Denver who couldn't overcome their opponents in the end.
It seems as though the Nuggets have had the most success when the entire team contributes, and unfortunately that was not the case in last night's game. With key players like Ty Lawson only contributing one point in the entire second half and Randy Foye being the only Nugget to break the 20-point mark; the Nuggs couldn't seem to make it all come together. It also didn't help that they turned the ball over a generous 20 times, in which Memphis converted those turnovers to 17 points; four more than their opponents. The Nuggs last saw the lead at the 1:15 mark of the third quarter before the Grizz took a 66-65 lead and never looked back.
The Grizz started out shaky but gained their composure when it mattered, directly attributing their win to the stellar play of their three star players of Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley. Each dropped 20 points and then added a combined total of 25 rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and four blocks. You could say they carried the team. Especially considering the rest of their eight players combined for a total of 40 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, zero blocks and five turnovers. But it seems to be working out for the boys from Memphis, who need every victory they can get as they battle the Phoenix Suns for the final playoff spot in the West.
As the Grizz gear up for an intense final six games of the season, the Nuggs will head to Houston to battle another playoff team in their hopes of finishing the season on a high note. The Rockets will welcome the Nuggs on Sunday night at 7 p.m. EST on Altitude or CSN Houston, for any fans looking to catch the game.