Grizzlies Fall to Nuggets, 87-80

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The Grizzlies slowed down Denver's high-flying offense, but faded in the fourth quarter as the Nuggets finished the game on a 9-2 run to stop Memphis' latest win streak at six.

The game was tight through the first half, which ended 48-47, Denver. The Grizzlies clamped down in the third quarter, holding the explosive Nuggets to a season-low 10 points, and taking a 67-58 lead into the fourth. But it wasn't enough, as late-game execution errors and turnovers gave Denver the impetus to score 29 final quarter points en route to victory.

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Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 18 points and 18 boards, but point guard Mike Conley had a sub-par game with seven turnovers and only three assists. It was the Grizzlies' third game in four nights on their western swing, so fatigue may have a been a factor. Denver has now won 11 straight, and has an impressive 30-3 record at home.

The Grizzlies, Nuggets, and Clippers are now knotted in three-way battle for third place in the Western division standings, with only a half-game separating them.

The Grizzlies complete their road trip tonight in Salt City against the Utah Jazz.

Game box score. (Editor's note: Chris Herrington is on assignment at SXSW in Austin. His Beyond the Arc blog will return next week.

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