Grizzlies hold on to beat Nuggets, 94-92
- Associated Press
- March 31, 2014 - 11:00 PM
DENVER — Zach Randolph had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Mike Conley added 19 points and the Memphis Grizzlies kept pace in the playoff race with a 94-92 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.
The Grizzlies moved into a three-way tie with Dallas and Phoenix for seventh in the Western Conference. Memphis plays both teams once more — at the Suns on April 14 and home against the Mavericks in the regular-season finale two days later.
The rest of the schedule includes road games at Minnesota and San Antonio, and a home game with Miami, which is battling for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Courtney Lee scored 19 points for Memphis, which stopped a two-game skid.
Denver rallied to get within 88-86 on Timofey Mozgov's free throw and the teams traded buckets before Conley banked in a 3-pointer to make it 93-88 with 36 seconds left.
After Randy Foye hit a layup for the Nuggets and Randolph missed a pair of free throws with 8.2 seconds remaining. Denver got the rebound, called a timeout and set up a play for the 7-foot-1 Mozgov at the 3-point line. He missed but then dunked the rebound to get the Nuggets within 93-92.
Lee was fouled with 0.7 seconds left, hit the first free throw and deliberately missing the second to end the game.
Mozgov tied a career high with 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and Kenneth Faried had 17 points for the Nuggets, who have dropped four in a row.
The teams play again Friday in Memphis.
The Grizzlies jumped out to 16-point lead in the second quarter on the strength of Lee's 13 points. But the Nuggets rallied behind Mozgov, who had seven points in the final 3:01 on three dunks and a free throw to cut Memphis' lead to 47-45 at the break.
Randolph took over late in the third quarter to help Memphis build a 75-68 lead heading into the fourth. Randolph scored 11 of his 13 points in the period in the final 4:16 as the Grizzlies expanded a two-point lead to seven.
NOTES: Nuggets F Wilson Chandler missed his fifth straight game with a left groin strain. ... The Grizzlies are 27-11 since Marc Gasol returned from a sprained MCL in his left knee on Jan. 14. ... The Nuggets had just 10 players available for the game.
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