Memphis 81, Denver 72

Date - Saturday, December 29, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Officials - #76 Steven Anderson, #35 Kane Fitzgerald, #10 Ron Garretson
Attendance - 17707

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Denver 15 21 21 15 72
Memphis 19 18 16 28 81

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Denver 17-15 9-1 8-14 L1
Memphis 19-8 13-3 6-5 W1


Grizzlies 81, Nuggets 72: Rudy Gay scored eight of his 19 points down the stretch in the fourth quarter and host Memphis defeated Denver for the first time in three meetings this season.

Gay returned from a one-game absence that was caused by flight delays while visiting his ailing grandmother in Baltimore and shot 8-for-18 from the field. He and most of Memphis' other starters sat for the first 7 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter, when neither team led by more than four points and there were three ties.

Gay helped the Grizzlies avenge two close losses to Denver by scoring eight points in a 10-0 run that gave Memphis a 78-68 advantage with 1:25 remaining. Gay attacked the basket for two layups, hit a pull-up jumper and capped the spurt by burying a step-back jumper.

Zach Randolph had 12 points and seven rebounds for Memphis, which held the Nuggets to two baskets in the final 4:44.

Andre Iguodala, Corey Brewer and JaVale McGee had 12 points apiece for Denver. The Nuggets were just 3-of-16 from 3-point range after making 12 of 28 shots from behind the arc on Friday in Dallas. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: Memphis G-F Quincy Pondexter injured his left knee when he collided with teammate Wayne Ellington while going for a rebound with 3.1 seconds remaining in the third quarter. He was motionless on the floor for a few minutes and later diagnosed with a sprained left MCL. ... Memphis scored 30 points off 17 turnovers. ... Denver's Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari shot a combined 3-for-15.

Top Game Performances

Denver   Memphis
Corey Brewer 12 Scoring Rudy Gay 19
Andre Iguodala 5 Assists Mike Conley 6
JaVale McGee 9 Rebounds Marreese Speights 10
Andre Miller 3 Free Throws Made Rudy Gay 2
Andre Iguodala 2 Steals Marc Gasol 3
JaVale McGee 6 Blocks Marc Gasol 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Denver 72 42.6 3-16 11-18 17 41 7 5 17
Memphis 81 40.4 5-19 4-7 19 49 6 9 11

Upcoming Games

  • Memphis will play their next game on the road against Indiana. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .778 after a win and .556 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game at home against L.A. Clippers. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .529 after a win and .533 after a loss.
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