Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/15/12
DENVER -- Andre Iguodala had 20 points and seven assists, Andre Miller scored 18 points, all in the second half, as the Denver Nuggets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-94 on Friday night at the Pepsi Center. Danilo Gallinari had 14 points for the Nuggets, who were playing just their seventh time at home in their first 24 games. Rudy Gay scored 21 points and Mike Conley had 14 for the Grizzlies, who have dropped three straight. The Nuggets held Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol to 10 points apiece on a combined 7-for-22 shooting. But it wasn't enough as Denver finally found a way to close out a close game. Gallinari drilled a 3-pointer and then hit two free throws to give the Nuggets an 89-87 lead. After Gay missed a 3-pointer from the top of the circle, Lawson hit two more free throws to give the Nuggets a four-point lead with 2:37 left. Gasol cut it to two with a pair of free throws but Iguodala rebounded an airball for a layup and then had a fast-break dunk to make it 95-89 with 1:33 left. The Grizzlies rallied. Randolph hit a layup and Gasol converted a three-point play to cut the lead to one with 54 seconds left. JaVale McGee's turnover gave Memphis a chance to take the lead, but Ty Lawson stripped Gay and Miller sank two free throws with 10 seconds left. Gay's 3-pointer with 5 seconds left rimmed out and Miller sealed the game with two more free throws. The Nuggets led 45-41 at halftime but Memphis opened the third quarter with a 16-6 run to lead 57-51 midway through the period. Gay had 15 points late in the third when he picked up his fourth foul and was forced to the bench. With Gay on the bench, and Gasol and Randolph struggling offensively, Marreese Speights picked up some of the slack with 12 points heading into the fourth. He finished with 14. NOTES: There was a moment of silence before the national anthem for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. ... Friday's game was just the sixth home game of the season for the Nuggets. They are the first team since the 1985-86 Chicago Bulls to play 17 of their first 23 games on the road. It has affected the team, which will play just 10 home games before January. "Walking around the mall is fun and we're not going to have many days to do that," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "It's a helluva Christmas present, the schedule they gave us around Christmas." ... The Nuggets had had 21 offensive rebounds against Memphis on Nov. 19. "Most of their guys are out on the perimeter and the shot goes up and they run in from the perimeter," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "Also when you take a lot of long shots balls are bouncing long."
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