Grizzlies snap 19-game skid with 101-94 win vs Nuggets
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 18, 2018 11:08 AM
Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) shoots over Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
By Clay Bailey, Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) —Dillon Brooks scored 24 points, Tyreke Evans added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a 19-game losing streak with a 101-94 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Wayne Selden scored 16 points for Memphis by hitting 6-of-7 shots, including 4-of-5 from outside the arc. Marc Gasol added 14 points as Memphis won for the first time since Jan. 29 (Jan. 30, PHL time).
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Jamal Murray finished with 16 points on 5-of-18 shooting. Denver shot just 37 percent overall and 27 percent from three-point range.
Denver entered the night in ninth place in the Western Conference, a game out of the playoff race. Denver played without leading scorer Gary Harris, who is expected to miss the next few games with a right knee sprain suffered against Detroit on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
The Nuggets struggled through a miserable first half of shooting, connecting on 22 percent in the first quarter. Memphis stretched its lead to 21 early in the second quarter before Denver cut it to 53-48 at halftime.
Brooks hit four three-pointers to start the second half and keep Memphis ahead.
Nuggets: Opened a seven-game road trip, Denver's longest stretch away from home this season. ... Started 3-of-19 from the field. .. Are 11-23 on the road this season.
Grizzlies: Held a halftime lead for the first time since the start of the losing streak. ... In the third, made six three-pointers and only a pair of two-point baskets. ... Avoided losing nine straight at FedEx Forum, which would have been a first.
Nuggets: Play the second game of the trip Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) against Miami.
Grizzlies: Begin a three-game trip against the Eastern Conference on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in Brooklyn.