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Nuggets get the better of Grizzlies

Denver condemn Memphis to third consecutive defeat

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Denver: The Denver Nuggets took full advantage of a Memphis Grizzlies team lacking in confidence by grinding out a 99-94 home win to get back to .500 for the season on Friday.

The Nuggets, who have spent an NBA-high 17 of 24 games on the road this season, improved to 12-12 on their return to Denver, while condemning the Grizzlies to a third consecutive loss.

Memphis (14-6) had a chance to tie the contest in the closing seconds but top scorer Rudy Gay’s (21 points) three-point attempt failed to drop as the Grizzlies slipped two games behind San Antonio in the Southwest Division.

Andre Iguodala had a big night for the Nuggets with 20 points and seven assists, while benchman Andre Miller contributed 18 points.

The win was Denver’s 29th home triumph over Memphis in 33 contests, continuing an impressive dominance in Colorado.

Results from the NBA games on Friday (home team in CAPS) TORONTO 95 Dallas 74 LA Lakers 102 WASHINGTON 96 INDIANA 95 Philadelphia 85 ORLANDO 99 Golden State 85 BROOKLYN 107 Detroit 105 (OT) Milwaukee 90 CLEVELAND 86 Minnesota 113 NEW ORLEANS 102 HOUSTON 101 Boston 89 OKLAHOMA CITY 113 Sacramento 103 PHOENIX 99 Utah 84 DENVER 99 Memphis 94