Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Kosta Koufos registered a double-double with 18
points and 16 rebounds and led the Denver Nuggets to an 87-80 win over the
Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
Koufos shot 7-of-9 from the field for the Nuggets, who are on an 11-game
winning streak. Danilo Gallinari scored 15 points while Corey Brewer and
Andre Miller had 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.
Zach Randolph posted 18 points and 18 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards,
for the Grizzlies, who came into the game with a six-game winning streak. Marc
Gasol had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Tayshaun Prince and Mike
Conley scored 11 points apiece.
Tied 78-78 with 2:13 remaining, the Nuggets went on a 9-2 spurt to end the
After the first quarter, the Nuggets had a 23-18 lead. Denver shot 52.4
percent from the field, while Memphis shot just 29.6 percent.
Miller made a layup to start the second quarter, but the Grizzlies responded
with a 6-0 spurt to cut the deficit to 25-24 with 9:18 left.
Denver would extend its lead by nine, 46-37, with two minutes remaining, but
Memphis went on a 10-2 surge in the remainder of the half. Jerryd Bayless made
a layup at the buzzer to bring them within one, 48-47, at halftime.
The Grizzlies kept the offense rolling in the third and began the period on a
7-0 run to give them a 54-48 advantage with 9 1/2 minutes to go.
The Nuggets had trouble shooting in the frame, making just 20 percent of their
shots, and the Grizzlies would have a 66-58 lead entering the fourth.
However, in the fourth, the Grizzlies appeared to have run out of gas. They
were outscored 29-14 in the quarter, as they shot just 17.6 percent while the
Nuggets made 62.5 percent of their shots.
Denver was 1-for-12 from three-point range, with Gallinari making the only
shot from behind the arc ... The Grizzlies did not make a field goal in the
final 3:59 of the game ... Denver won the season-series 3-1 ... The Nuggets'
11-game winning streak is their longest in 30 years.
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