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    Grizzlies outlast Nuggets in nail-biter to nab fourth win in a row

    Jan 22, 2016
    Marc Gasol scored 27 points, including the go-ahead basket with 12 seconds remaining, to carry Memphis over Denver. AP

    DENVER — Marc Gasol had 27 points, including a go-ahead three-point play with 12.2 seconds left, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Denver Nuggets 102-101 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time).

    Mike Conley had 20 points as the Grizzlies won their fourth in a row in front of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

    With Memphis trailing by one, Gasol hit a driving layup and was fouled. His free throw put Memphis ahead 100-98.

    Danilo Gallinari, who led Denver with 17 points, missed a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left and Conley followed with two free throws.

    Silver kept a low profile, stopping to take a picture with a fan near the tunnel to the Denver locker room in the second quarter.

    Will Barton scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter. Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay had 14 points and eight assists for Denver.

    The Grizzlies led by 18 in the second quarter but were down 59-58 early in the third. Denver increased its lead to 69-66 on Gary Harris' 3-pointer, but Gasol scored 10 points in a 13-4 run that gave Memphis the lead heading into the fourth.

    The Grizzlies stretched the lead to seven early in the final quarter before Denver rallied to tie it at 91 on Barton's 3-pointer with 2:27 left.

    Gasol split a pair of free throws with 53 seconds remaining to put Memphis ahead 97-96, but Barton's layup gave Denver the lead with 41 seconds to play.

    Matt Barnes missed a 3-pointer but Conley got the offensive rebound and the Grizzlies called a timeout to set up the last possession.



    Grizzlies: Tony Allen was a late scratch from the lineup. The Grizzlies had just 10 players available. ... Memphis signed C Ryan Hollins to a 10-day contract. It is his third stint with the Grizzlies this season. He had four points and four rebounds in 13 minutes.

    Nuggets: Jameer Nelson missed his third straight game with a sprained right wrist. ... C Jusuf Nurkic returned after missing three games with a knee injury. He was available Tuesday but didn't play.


    Referee Scott Wall tripped over a cameraman along the sidelines and rolled his ankle midway through the second quarter. He was down on the court for a few minutes but walked off without help. He returned before halftime.


    Grizzlies: Visit Minnesota on Saturday night.

    Nuggets: Host Detroit on Saturday night.

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    Marc Gasol scored 27 points, including the go-ahead basket with 12 seconds remaining, to carry Memphis over Denver. AP
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