Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 11/20

Game 1: Sunday, November 20th
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Nuggets99
Game 2: Monday, March 6th
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Nuggets115
Game 3: Friday, March 17th
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Grizzlies116

Grizzlies 83

(7-4, 4-3 away)

Nuggets 99

(6-5, 5-1 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, November 20, 2005

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 21 28 17 1783
    DEN 19 32 22 2699

    Top Performers

    Memphis: P. Gasol 24 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Denver: M. Camby 21 Pts, 21 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Camby's 21 points, 21 boards pace Nuggets

    DENVER (AP) -- Marcus Camby was more impressed with his 21 rebounds than his 21 points.

    His eighth double-double of the season and fourth 20-20 game of his career helped the Denver Nuggets rout the Memphis Grizzlies 99-83 on Sunday night to move above .500 for the first time this season.

    Camby has topped 20 points five times this month after doing it just four times last season.

    "I just am going out there playing, not thinking about it," said Camby, who did his damage in just 34 minutes. "Like I say all the time, I just try to focus on the defensive end, rebounding and blocking shots, and my teammates are finding me."

    That's the kind of attitude and approach that coach George Karl trusts will lead the Nuggets out of their doldrums in offense. Once again, they missed several easy baskets, leading Karl to suggest that Carmelo Anthony's 21-point effort could easily have been 35.

    "Offensively, we're good and bad," Karl said. "But I think in general we had another really good defensive game. Offensively, I see some hope that we're going to turn the corner with the pace and the passing. We have a lot of easy shots that we're not making. I'm just hoping that we bust out here."

    Anthony added 10 rebounds for his own double-double and reserve Earl Boykins had 18 points for the Nuggets, who beat Memphis at home for the 16th straight time.

    Camby also had four blocks and 14 of his rebounds came off the defensive glass.

    "You don't see that too often," Anthony said of Camby's 21-21 night. "That was an All-star performance from Camby."

    Again.

    "The man's on a mission," Karl said. "He's playing with such a toughness and honesty at the defensive end of the court. It would take me a month to get 21-21."

    Memphis, which saw its four-game winning streak snapped, got 24 points and 12 rebounds from Pau Gasol and 20 points from Shane Battier, most in the first half before the Grizzlies tired and saw the Nuggets pull away with 15 more fast-break points than they managed.

    "We played for 18 or 20 minutes. From that point on it steadily went down hill," Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello said. "Our defense broke down, we weren't selective with our shots and we stopped being aggressive attacking the basket."

    Battier, who scored just four points after halftime, said he was bothered by the altitude. And apparently, he wasn't alone.

    "There was spurt in the third quarter when they got a lot of easy baskets. The key to beating this team is limiting their easy baskets. They do so well in transition and in the half court," Battier said. "We played for about 20 minutes tonight. That's not indicative of the way we played over the last two weeks. We had some pretty good wins."

    The Grizzlies, whose seven wins are tied for the most in November in franchise history, never have done well in Denver, where they are 2-19 and haven't won since Nov. 18, 1997.

    With the Nuggets consistently unable to finish off around the basket, the Grizzles jumped ahead by as many as nine points in the second quarter behind Battier's 16 first-half points. Denver, however, closed the first half with a 16-4 run to take a 51-49 halftime lead.

    The Nuggets turned to their defense and transition game to build an 79-66 lead after three quarters, and Boykins helped put the game away with 13 second-half points.

    "Right now we need him to play off the bench," Karl said. "Without Nene and without Kenyon (Martin), you have a very difficult time putting a strong bench unit on the court unless you bring your starters back probably a little too early."

    Karl said he couldn't recall a second-half possession that didn't have a good pace to it.

    "We are looking good," Anthony concurred. "We aren't 100 percent yet. We are still trying to find ourselves, and I think when we get there we are going to be really good."

    Game notes


    Martin, who has missed four of the last five games with left knee tendinitis, expects to play Tuesday at Washington. ... Nene will have an operation Monday to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MEM
    DEN
    Points 83 99
    FGM-FGA 32-86 (.372) 39-87 (.448)
    3PM-3PA 4-25 (.160) 2-13 (.154)
    FTM-FTA 15-20 (.750) 19-29 (.655)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-43 18-55
    Assists 13 25
    Turnovers 11 11
    Steals 6 7
    Blocks 4 12
    Fast Break Points 9 24
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 9 18

    Top Performers

    Memphis
    Denver
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 24
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Marcus Camby Camby
    Points: 21
    Reb: 21
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4