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Final Score: Tony Allen To The Rescue As Grizz Edge Nuggets, 92-81

You wanted a blowout against a rudderless Nuggets team that rested 3 starters on the second night of a back to back on the road? HAH!

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Lineup Notes

Mike Conley missed his third straight game with a sprained ankle. The Nuggets rested three starters.

Game Notes

Jeff Green started the game, but was hooked for Tony Allen within 3 minutes as the Grizzlies got off to a quick 11-3 start. Since this was a SEGABABA for the Nuggets, Memphis did well push the ball inside rather than sit back and shoot jumpers, and they had 9 FTAs and 9 (!) OREBs in the first quarter as a result. A two by Will Barton was ruled a three on review at the end of the quarter, making it a 24-18 Grizz lead after one.

The turnover problem persisted in the second as Memphis racked up it's seasonal average (13/game) in just 24 minutes, but frankly, it didn't matter against the Nugget's B team - not yet anyway - so the Grizz took a 47-37 lead into halftime, led by Zach Randolph (12) and Beno Udrih (7).

(The Grizzlies were caught prepping for their summer football league on this play. Pay no attention to Z-Bo's offensive pass interference on Jameer Nelson.)

Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Grizzlies were sluggish coming out of halftime and let Denver run off the first 11 points of the quarter to retake the lead - their first lead in Fedex Forum all year. Memphis stopped the bleeding but was unable to get back to the free throw line on drives and took just a 2-point lead into the final period, losing the quarter 26-18.

Tony Allen awoke to start the fourth with a pair of tall rebounds and general mayhem on defense, and aided by great rim protection by Kosta Koufos, led the Grizz back to a 10 point lead. Though it was over, did ya? No, the Nuggets answered with a 10-0 run to tie the game with 5 minutes to go.

A timely time out by Joerger was followed by another run by the Grizzlies, this one 7-0 including a 3 by Courtney Lee. More man-sized rebounds by Tony Allen down the stretch off of poorly selected shots by Denver finally, finally sealed the deal, and TA got one last steal-and-slam with :12s to add to his #firstteam campaign.

Randolph finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds, but TA was the real catalyst in this one with 14 and 9.

Crumbs

  • The Grizzlies out-rebounded the Nuggets 56-37, but that was largely a symptom of poor shooting at the rim by both teams.
  • Nick "Cookies" Calathes had 2 steals, and I finally found that Avery Bradley supercut he's been reminding me of.
  • Russ Smith played a cruel and unusual 8.3 seconds at the end of the first quarter. Seriously, why even bother, Dave?