Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 1/21

Game 1: Friday, January 21st
Game 2: Friday, February 25th
Game 3: Tuesday, April 5th
Game 4: Friday, April 15th

Nuggets 94

(42-31, 16-21 away)

Grizzlies 91

(41-32, 23-14 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, April 5, 2005

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 28 18 24 2494
    MEM 24 27 25 1591

    Top Performers

    Den: C. Anthony 24 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast

    Mem: P. Gasol 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Cardinal's 3 to tie goes wide right

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- When the Memphis Grizzlies struggled in the final period, the Denver Nuggets took advantage.

    Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and Kenyon Martin added 20 more Tuesday night to lead Denver to a 94-91 victory over Memphis.

    Trailing by seven points at the end of the third period, the Nuggets outscored the Grizzlies 24-15 in the fourth quarter and were up by five points with just over 1 minute left to play.

    "I think Memphis, when you get back and tie it up, they start getting a little tight," said Denver coach George Karl, who has led the Nuggets to an 18-2 record since the All-Star break.

    The Grizzlies got off one final shot at the buzzer but Brian Cardinal's 3-point attempt was wide right and missed the rim. Memphis went 1-for-13 from 3-point range in the second half.

    "That's what they do. They shoot the 3-pointer. It just happens that tonight, they didn't shoot the ball well," Denver's Andre Miller said.

    The Nuggets took over sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference, dropping the Grizzlies a game behind in eighth.

    Miller had 18 points, while Marcus Camby added 14 more for Denver.

    Memphis was led by Pau Gasol with 18 points and Mike Miller with 16. Lorenzen Wright had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Jason Williams had 13 points and five assists. Earl Watson added 10 points.

    "Take your pick on what we did wrong tonight," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said. "We missed too many free throws, didn't block out and played questionable defense. Our biggest thing was we took eight, nine or 10 consecutive jump shots at one point. We just kept doing it."

    The Grizzlies have lost four of their past five games at home.

    "Everybody on this team expects to be in the playoffs. I think that's why everybody is stressing so hard, missing free throws and messing up little things," the Grizzlies' Lorenzen Wright said. "Sometimes when you try so hard, bad things happen to you."

    The Grizzlies hit 86 percent, 12-of-14, from the free-throw line in the first half, but were 7-of-15 in the final two periods.

    "Ten missed free throws. We make half of those, ballgame over," Wright said. "Just free throws and those are free."

    Martin, who returned from a four-game layoff because of a chest bruise, put in 28 minutes as a reserve.

    "I felt good," Martin said. "The time off not only helped my collarbone but my knee. I'm a little tired, but I'll take being tired for a win."

    Game notes

    The Grizzlies are 2½ games ahead of Minnesota for the playoffs. ... The Grizzlies announced the 17th sellout crowd of the season. ... Memphis G-F James Posey remained sidelined with a bruised right hip. Denver G-F Greg Buckner was out with a fracture in his right hand. ... The Nuggets have a 3-0 advantage over Memphis for the season and are 26-13 overall against the Grizzlies. ... Memphis G Williams hit a 3 pointer late in the first quarter after 12 straight misses from outside the arc, dating back to March 28.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 91
    FGM-FGA 40-79 (.506) 34-76 (.447)
    3PM-3PA 2-10 (.200) 4-20 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 12-16 (.750) 19-29 (.655)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-39 9-44
    Assists 22 14
    Turnovers 12 15
    Steals 9 10
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 4 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 9

    Top Performers

    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 24
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 18
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1