The Memphis Grizzlies shot 47-91 (51.6%) from the field and turned it over on only seven possessions, to crush the Denver Nuggets, 120-99. Memphis (13-16) picked up the win after falling to Houston Rockets on Thursday.
Zach Randolph put up 20 points on 8-15 shooting. Other key players for Memphis included Mike Conley with 14 points and 6 rebounds, and James Johnson with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Despite the loss, Ty Lawson scored 20 points for Denver on 8-14 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. J.J. Hickson added 10 points and 6 rebounds.
As expected, Memphis, ranked fifth in the NBA at avoiding errors (TO% of 13.6%) protected the ball well in this contest. Meanwhile, the defense of Denver continues to struggle forcing turnovers, with their opponents surrendering the fourth-fewest turnovers in the league (14.6%). The Grizzlies combined an eFG% of 56.0% with 42.1% 3-point shooting. They are 1-0 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Nuggets, on the other hand, are winless (0-2) when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Denver (14-15) has now lost six consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Grizzlies square off with the Chicago Bulls, who are 11-17 on the year. The Nuggets go up against the Miami Heat, currently 22-7 this season.