Grizzlies Get Mauled at Denver/Rondoph Ejected

Williams is a Combo Guard who can play both the Point and the Two..

The Grizzlies currently have 3-late first Round Picks..

I wonder what they'll do?

DENVER (AP) - J.R. Smith scored 26 points and the Denver Nuggets

broke out of their offensive funk with a 123-101 win over the

Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

With their biggest output in a month, the Nuggets also got 21

points from Carmelo Anthony and 20 from Nene, both of whom sat out

the fourth quarter while watching Smith and Aaron Afflalo, who

scored 22 points and pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds.


THABEET 4 blocks in second qtr. Sets Grizzlies Franchise Record

Now, the Nuggets are off to Phoenix for a crucial game in their

season finale Tuesday night.

A win by the Nuggets would secure their second straight

Northwest Division title, at least the No. 3 seed in the Western

Conference playoff bracket and home-court advantage in the first


The Utah Jazz, a half-game behind first-place Denver in the

division, visit Golden State on Tuesday night and host the Suns on

Wednesday night.

Beating the Suns would also give the Nuggets their 54th win,

tying a franchise record set in 1987-88 and matched last season,

when they advanced to the Western Conference finals as the No. 2


The Nuggets are a different team this time around, having lost

coach George Karl, who is undergoing treatment for throat cancer,

for most of the last two months and also playing without defensive

stalwart Kenyon Martin for a good chunk of this stretch run.

In his second game back since missing 18 games with left knee

patellar tendinitis, Martin had eight points and six rebounds in 25


Mike Conley had 22 points to lead Memphis, which lost forward

Zach Randolph when he was ejected late in the third quarter.

Randolph was whistled for his fifth foul after shoving Nene to

the floor while going for an offensive rebound. He continued jawing

with the officials on his way to the bench and received a

double-technical and was tossed. Nene swished all four free throws

to put Denver ahead 90-72.

Since 1998-99, the Nuggets have won 22 of 23 home games against

Memphis, which looked for much of the first half as though it could

win its 41st game and avoid a losing season.

The Nuggets, though, used a 20-6 run late in the second quarter

to take control at 60-49. The spurt included consecutive breakaway

buckets by Anthony following steals by Nene and Chauncey Billups

and a breakaway 3-pointer by Smith, who also sank a fadeaway 3 from

the top of the key earlier in the quarter.

Although the Grizzlies closed to 63-57 at halftime, they never

got it going in the second half to make a game of it.

The Grizzlies, now 40-and-41, under .500 for the first time since January 2nd,  close out the Season Wednesday night at another team fighting for a higher seed in the playoffs..Oklahoma City Thunder

NOTES: Denver finished 34-7 at home, currently the best mark in

the Western Conference, one that the Lakers can tie with a win over

Sacramento on Tuesday night. ... Nuggets F Joey Graham was inactive

with a sprained left ankle. He is day to day. ... This marked the

first game on the Nuggets bench for G Coby Karl, coach George

Karl's son, who signed last weekend along with C Brian Butch. ...

Stan Kroenke, who owns the Nuggets and the NHL's Colorado

Avalanche, made a surprise bid to purchase the remaining 60 percent

share of the NFL's St. Louis Rams on Monday. Kroenke has been 40

percent owner of the Rams since 1995.