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Nuggets 106, Grizzlies 102

By: AP
By: AP

Allen Iverson had 32 points and 12 assists Wednesday night, and the Denver Nuggets used a late run to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 106-102.

Iverson made all six of his free throws in the final 23.2 seconds, helping the Nuggets snap a six-game road losing streak.

Anthony Carter finished with 18 points, while Linas Kleiza added 15 for the Nuggets. Marcus Camby had 13 points and 19 rebounds.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 30 points and 10 rebounds, and Mike Miller contributed 22 points. Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and Darko Milicic finished with 14 points and matched his career high with 16 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have lost four of their last five.

Memphis had built the lead to 95-90 after six straight points, capped by Gay's 11-footer with 3:12 left, before Denver answered with a 12-2 spurt to seize control.

Both teams were short-handed. The Nuggets were without Carmelo Anthony, the league's fourth-leading scorer, who missed his fifth game with a left ankle sprain. That, and previous injuries to guard Chucky Atkins and forward Nene, left Denver with 10 players dressed.

Memphis had one less because of injuries to guard Mike Conley and Pau Gasol, the team's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder. Also, forward Stromile Swift was suspended for the game after an exchange with Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni in Monday's loss to Dallas.

Iverson did everything possible to carry the Nuggets in the first half, scoring 21 points and handing out seven assists as Denver took a 54-52 lead into the locker room.

Lowry had 11 points for Memphis, while Miller and Gay added 10 apiece.

Denver committed seven turnovers in the opening quarter, and neither team seemed to be in a rhythm offensively. Memphis missed nine of 10 3-point attempts in the half and both teams had nine turnovers at the break.

There was poor ballhandling, wayward passes and mouthing about calls and no-calls.

At one point in the second quarter, Iverson opted out of a breakaway layup for a pass to J.R. Smith, who blew a reverse dunk. The next time down the floor, Smith misfired on a second slam, which Miller converted into a 20-foot jumper.

The Nuggets picked up their shooting touch in the second quarter and erased an early 11-point Memphis lead. They finished the night shooting 51 percent.

The teams stayed close in the second half, including a handful of ties in the third quarter. Miller scored eight points in the first 3 minutes of the period. Meanwhile, Iverson missed all seven of his shots, and Memphis carried a 78-73 lead into the final quarter.

Notes: Memphis is in the midst of a five-game homestand, its longest of the season. ... Iverson has at least 20 points in 41 of the Nuggets' 45 games, including the last 15. ... Denver, which leads the NBA in steals with 9.2, had 12 in the game. ... Denver is 3-2 without Anthony.


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