The Memphis Grizzlies escaped Denver with a hard-fought 102-101 win Thursday night, largely thanks to Marc Gasol’s heroics.
The big guy had a game-high 27 points against the Nuggets, including the go-ahead three-point play in the waning seconds.
Mike Conley added 20 points for the Grizz, who won for the fourth straight time.
Per the AP:
Gasol has become more aggressive offensively and it showed against Denver. He had 18 points in the second half and the key bucket in the final seconds, when the defense collapsed on Conley at the top of the 3-point circle. […] With Memphis trailing by one, Gasol hit a driving layup and was fouled. His free throw put Memphis ahead 100-98.
“It’s a play that we run pretty often,” Gasol said. “Mike saw the pocket, his man went over the screen, my man had to help and he put it there.”
Danilo Gallinari, who led Denver with 17 points, missed a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left and Conley followed with two free throws. […] The Nuggets kept forward Zach Randolph in check two weeks after he had 24 points off the bench in a seven-point Memphis win. Randolph scored just 13 points this time, but Denver couldn’t contain Gasol.