Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/28

Game 1: Tuesday, November 28th
Grizzlies108Final
Nuggets96
Game 2: Monday, January 22nd
Grizzlies98Final
Nuggets115
Game 3: Monday, February 26th
Nuggets111Final
Grizzlies107
Game 4: Saturday, April 14th
Nuggets118Final
Grizzlies133

Nuggets 111

(27-28, 13-13 away)

Grizzlies 107

(15-43, 11-18 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, February 26, 2007

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 30 25 27 29111
    MEM 25 29 29 24107

    Top Performers

    Den: C. Anthony 33 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mem: P. Gasol 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Blk

    Anthony, Nene have big games, snap four-game slump

    Associated Press

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson got their points and a win, too, thanks to Nene.

    Anthony, the league's leading scorer, had 33 points and Iverson added 25 to help the Denver Nuggets to a 111-107 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

    The Nuggets improved to 3-7 with Iverson and Anthony in the lineup, but it was the play of Nene, the Nuggets' 6-foot-11, 260-pound forward, that Grizzlies' coach Tony Barone said was the difference.

    "I thought the key to the game was their ability to get the ball inside," Barone said. "They got the ball inside on us at will. Nene destroyed us inside."

    Nene, averaging 16.4 points and 6.6 rebounds since his return Feb. 1 from a right knee contusion, tied his career high with 27 points. He was 10-of-16 from the field and added nine rebounds.

    Several Grizzlies -- including Pau Gasol and Lawrence Roberts -- tried to stop the fourth-year pro from Brazil, but Nene repeatedly used his quickness inside for dunks and left-handed hooks.

    "It didn't matter who we put on him, he had his way with them," Barone said. "Their inside game, along with us missing a few key free throws down the stretch, were the main reasons we lost."

    The Grizzlies were attempting to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, but were denied, mostly by Nene.

    "We will be going to Nene more," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "He really delivered a great game."

    Anthony, averaging 30.5 points per game, delivered as he has throughout the season. He connected on a deep 3-pointer to end the third quarter and trimmed the lead to 83-82. In the fourth quarter, he added several key baskets, including two free throws with 3:18 to go to gave the Nuggets a 105-103 lead.

    Denver never trailed again.

    Iverson also had nine assists, five rebounds and two steals.

    Mike Miller and Gasol scored 21 points apiece to lead the Grizzlies.

    Miller had given the Grizzlies their largest lead of the game midway through the third quarter during a five-minute stretch in which he scored 13 points. Miller's 3-pointer off an in-bounds play with 2:45 to go gave Memphis a 77-71 lead.

    After Miller's 3-pointer, Iverson answered with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to keep the Grizzlies from adding to their six-point lead.

    In the fourth quarter the Grizzlies led by as many as five (93-88) after the second of two straight 3-pointers by Chucky Atkins. But Nene and Iverson combined for the next 12 points for a 100-97 lead.

    "Nene hasn't been healthy for a while, so people don't understand how good he was before he hurt his knee," Miller said. "And Melo (Anthony) and A.I. (Iverson) are two of the leading scorers in the NBA. They're not easy to defend."

    Memphis lost despite shooting 52.4 percent. Denver, which outrebounded Memphis, 45-39, shot 49.4 percent.

    NOTES: Denver upped its record to 4-13 in games decided by five points or less. The Nuggets rank last in the league in the category. . . The Grizzlies fell to 0-14 when shooting less than 70 percent from the free throw line. Memphis shot 64.7 percent against Denver. . . . Marcus Camby led Denver with 13 rebounds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEN
    MEM
    Points 111 107
    FGM-FGA 40-81 (.494) 44-84 (.524)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 8-19 (.421)
    FTM-FTA 27-37 (.730) 11-17 (.647)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-45 8-39
    Assists 21 21
    Turnovers 14 14
    Steals 8 3
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 16 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 27 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 6

    Top Performers

    Denver
    Memphis
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 33
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 21
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2