Ty Lawson scored 18 points and notched 12 assists, his seventh double-double of the season, to lead the Denver Nuggets to a close victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, 111-108. The Nuggets had no trouble knocking down shots in this game, finishing 43-80 (53.8%). This is only the second win for Denver (15-17) in its last 10 games.
Lawson went 6-12 (1-4 from three-point range) and 5-6 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Denver were Kenneth Faried with 16 points and 6 rebounds, Timofey Mozgov with 16 points and 7 rebounds, and Nate Robinson with 15 points and 7 assists. Zach Randolph had another big game for Memphis despite the loss, scoring 25 points on 10-18 shooting from the field and 5-7 from the free throw line. He also recorded 13 rebounds. Mike Conley added 23 points and 8 assists.
The Nuggets combined an eFG% of 59.4% with 40.9% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (4-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Grizzlies, on the other hand, are winless (0-5) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Memphis (14-18) to 1-1 versus Denver on the season.
Coming up next, the Nuggets take on the Los Angeles Lakers, who are 13-19 on the year. The Grizzlies match up with the Detroit Pistons, currently 14-19 this season. The Nuggets are 1-0 versus Los Angeles this season. The Grizzlies are 1-0 versus Detroit this season.