Denver (26-19) at Memphis (24-18)

  • Game info: 4:00 pm EST Sun Jan 25, 2004
  • TV: FSRM
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The Memphis Grizzlies are starting to play like one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

Memphis looks to extend its franchise-record seven-game winning streak when it faces the Denver Nuggets at The Pyramid.

The Grizzlies established the team mark for consecutive wins in impressive fashion Friday night, defeating West-leading Sacramento 109-95. Mike Miller scored a season-high 27 points and Jason Williams added 25 points and 10 assists for Memphis, which has also beaten Philadelphia, Houston and the injury-depleted Los Angeles Lakers during its run.

“It’s always good to beat Sacramento and the Lakers,” said Grizzlies center Lorenzen Wright, who had a season-high 14 rebounds Friday. “They’ve got two of the best records in the NBA, and we’re not that far behind.”

Pau Gasol added 20 points as Memphis shot 51 percent, including 9-of-14 from 3-point range.

“If we can execute like this on both ends, we can do a lot of things,” Memphis swingman James Posey said. “It was a nice win, but we can play a lot better.”

Like Memphis, Denver has been one of the surprises of the season’s first half. The Nuggets have already won seven more games than they did all of last season.

Denver is coming off Friday’s 97-91 loss to New Orleans.

Carmelo Anthony had eight of his 24 points in the final quarter as Denver pulled to within 92-91 on a three-point play by Andre Miller before falling.

“Toward the end we competed, that’s why I can’t be mad and I don’t want my teammates to be mad,” Anthony said.

Miller scored 17 points for Denver and Voshon Lenard added 15. While Anthony came on in the final period, he shot 8-of-22 overall.

Marcus Camby had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Nuggets, but went scoreless over the final three periods.

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