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Gasol's free throws give Grizzlies 89-87 win over Nuggets

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) In a season when NBA teams are scoring more and playing faster on offense, the Memphis Grizzlies are taking the opposite approach - relying on their defense.

That certainly proved successful Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets.

Marc Gasol scored 20 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining, and Memphis edged the Nuggets 89-87 to end their five-game winning streak.

The Nuggets (9-2) had a chance after Gasol's foul shots, but Nikola Jokic's 3-point attempt bounced off the rim and Denver's rebound tip was also off the mark.

Memphis held the Nuggets to 39 percent shooting, including 8 of 32 from 3-point range. The 87 points were a season low for the Nuggets, and the 176 points combined by the teams tied for the fewest in an NBA game this season.

''We knew it was going to be an ugly game if we were going to have a chance of winning,'' Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said. ''We tried to get in the mud a little bit, be physical defensively and get the pace where we wanted it.''

Jaren Jackson Jr. also had 20 points for Memphis, and Kyle Anderson finished with 14. Gasol grabbed 12 rebounds.

Gary Harris led the Nuggets with 20 points, and Trey Lyles added 16 off the bench. Jamal Murray had 15 points and seven assists after scoring a career-best 48 in Monday night's win over Boston.

Murray shot only 6 of 21 this time.

''I don't know what it was, but the ball didn't like me today,'' Murray said.

Denver was up 83-82 before Memphis took the lead on a 3-pointer by Shelvin Mack with 1:45 left. Conley hit a floater with 40 seconds to go, but Lyles' dunk and a 22-foot jumper by Murray tied it at 87 before Gasol's winning free throws.

Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff told his team he wanted to get back to a defensive mentality and force opponents to fight through low-scoring games if they want to beat the Grizzlies.

''That's exactly what this win represents,'' Memphis guard Garrett Temple said. ''Holding this team - as hot as they've been - to 87 points at home ... it was a big win for us.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Murray was limited to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting in the first half. He missed his first four 3-pointers before converting one near the 9-minute mark of the third quarter. ... Jokic, who averages 11 shots a game, took just one - his 3-point try in the closing seconds. ''I'll have to look at the tape to see what they are doing for him to only take one shot,'' coach Michael Malone said. ''Obviously, I would like him to take more shots, but right now he isn't shooting the ball and we will have to figure out why.''

Grizzlies: Committed eight turnovers in the first quarter and finished with 18, compared to 19 for Denver. Memphis has had fewer turnovers than its opponent in every game this season. ... The Grizzlies (6-4) are 4-0 at home. . Gasol and Jackson had three blocks each. Jackson also made three steals.

PACE OF PLAY

The game was a contrast of styles, with Memphis relying on its slower-pace defensive approach against a Denver team that entered averaging almost 112 points per game.

''They definitely got us into their game,'' Nuggets reserve center Mason Plumlee said, later adding: ''It was a slow, slow game, so I think that benefited them.''

Conley acknowledged Memphis can score 130 points in a game, but: ''Defensively, I do think this is what you should expect from us.''

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

Grizzlies: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:45   Offensive foul on Marc Gasol  
11:45   Offensive foul on Marc Gasol  
11:24   Paul Millsap missed jump shot  
11:17   Offensive foul on Jaren Jackson Jr.  
11:17   Offensive foul on Jaren Jackson Jr.  
11:02   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:51   Shooting foul on Paul Millsap  
10:51 +1 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 0-1
10:51 +1 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-2
10:37   3-second violation turnover on Gary Harris  
10:28   Personal foul on Torrey Craig  
10:17 +2 Jaren Jackson Jr. made alley-oop shot, assist by Marc Gasol 0-4
10:04   Gary Harris missed driving dunk, blocked by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
10:02   Offensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
9:59   Bad pass turnover on Nikola Jokic, stolen by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
9:44   Paul Millsap missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:42   Team rebound  
9:29   Bad pass turnover on Kyle Anderson, stolen by Jamal Murray  
9:23 +3 Gary Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jamal Murray 3-4
9:05 +3 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marc Gasol 3-7
8:53   Offensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
8:53   Shooting foul on Mike Conley  
8:53   Team rebound  
8:53   Torrey Craig missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:53 +1 Torrey Craig made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-7
8:39   Bad pass turnover on Garrett Temple, stolen by Nikola Jokic  
8:34 +2 Jamal Murray made reverse layup, assist by Nikola Jokic 6-7
8:11 +2 Mike Conley made layup 6-9
7:59 +2 Jamal Murray made floating jump shot 8-9
7:37   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed jump shot  
7:34   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
7:22   Jamal Murray missed driving layup  
7:18   Offensive rebound by Torrey Craig  
7:22   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
7:22   Torrey Craig missed dunk, blocked by Marc Gasol  
7:13 +2 Kyle Anderson made finger-roll layup 8-11
7:01   Personal foul on Marc Gasol  
6:51   Torrey Craig missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:47   Defensive rebound by Garrett Temple  
6:28   Bad pass turnover on Jaren Jackson Jr., stolen by Nikola Jokic  
6:22 +3 Gary Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jamal Murray 11-11
5:57   Out of bounds turnover on Kyle Anderson  
5:46   Paul Millsap missed layup, blocked by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
5:46   Team rebound  
5:44   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:37 +2 Torrey Craig made dunk 13-11
5:37   Offensive rebound by Torrey Craig  
5:20   Ivan Rabb missed layup  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
5:08 +2 Torrey Craig made layup, assist by Gary Harris 15-11
4:43   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:41   Defensive rebound by Monte Morris  
4:27   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
4:27 +1 Gary Harris made free throw 16-11
4:20   Shooting foul on Ivan Rabb  
4:20 +1 Gary Harris made 1st of 2 free throws 17-11
4:20 +1 Gary Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-11
3:59   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed layup, blocked by Trey Lyles  
3:58   Offensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
3:58   Shooting foul on Trey Lyles  
3:58   Team rebound  
3:58   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:58 +1 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-12
3:44   Personal foul on Ivan Rabb  
3:41   Out of bounds turnover on Nikola Jokic  
3:19 +2 Dillon Brooks made layup, assist by Wayne Selden Jr. 18-14
2:51   Defensive rebound by Ivan Rabb  
2:41   Bad pass turnover on Dillon Brooks, stolen by Monte Morris  
2:34   Personal foul on Ivan Rabb  
2:34 +1 Nikola Jokic made 1st of 2 free throws 19-14
2:34 +1 Nikola Jokic made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-14
2:16   Dillon Brooks missed driving layup, blocked by Torrey Craig  
2:12   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
2:10 +2 Monte Morris made jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 22-14
1:50 +2 Kyle Anderson made layup 22-16
1:38   Personal foul on Jaren Jackson Jr.  
1:38 +1 Nikola Jokic made 1st of 2 free throws 23-16
1:38 +1 Nikola Jokic made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-16
1:21 +2 MarShon Brooks made layup, assist by Kyle Anderson 24-18
1:11   Traveling violation turnover on Nikola Jokic  
0:53 +2 MarShon Brooks made layup, assist by Shelvin Mack 24-20
0:33 +3 Trey Lyles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jamal Murray 27-20
0:13   Shooting foul on Malik Beasley  
0:13 +1 Dillon Brooks made 1st of 2 free throws 27-21
0:13 +1 Dillon Brooks made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-22
0:03 +2 Monte Morris made floating jump shot 29-22
0:00   Traveling violation turnover on MarShon Brooks  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Jamal Murray missed jump shot  
11:40   Team rebound  
11:29   Jamal Murray missed finger-roll layup  
11:26   Offensive rebound by Jamal Murray  
11:22   Monte Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:20   Defensive rebound by Dillon Brooks  
11:20   Out of bounds turnover on Mason Plumlee  
11:03   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
11:03 +1 Marc Gasol made free throw 29-23
10:50   Shelvin Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:47   Defensive rebound by Jamal Murray  
10:33 +2 Trey Lyles made layup 31-23
10:16   Shooting foul on Mason Plumlee  
10:16 +1 Marc Gasol made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-25
10:03 +2 Trey Lyles made hook shot 33-25
9:47 +3 Wayne Selden Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shelvin Mack 33-28
9:35   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
9:35 +1 Jamal Murray made free throw 34-28
9:32   Personal foul on Wayne Selden Jr.  
9:19   Defensive rebound by Dillon Brooks  
9:13   Out of bounds turnover on Shelvin Mack  
8:58   Trey Lyles missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:56   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
8:49   Shooting foul on Mason Plumlee  
8:49 +1 Wayne Selden Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 34-29
8:49 +1 Wayne Selden Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-30
8:36 +2 Monte Morris made floating jump shot 36-30
8:36   Personal foul on Wayne Selden Jr.  
8:36 +1 Mason Plumlee made free throw 37-30
8:18   MarShon Brooks missed jump shot  
8:16   Defensive rebound by Trey Lyles  
7:58   Jamal Murray missed layup, blocked by Marc Gasol  
7:58   Team rebound  
7:56   Malik Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:56   Team rebound  
7:56   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
7:30   Personal foul on Dillon Brooks  
7:22   3-second violation turnover on Mason Plumlee  
7:08   Wayne Selden Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:05   Defensive rebound by Juancho Hernangomez  
6:51   Monte Morris missed jump shot  
6:48   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
6:31   MarShon Brooks missed floating jump shot  
6:27   Dillon Brooks missed dunk  
6:27   Offensive rebound by Dillon Brooks  
6:27   Team rebound  
6:27   Personal foul on Juancho Hernangomez  
6:12   Garrett Temple missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:10   Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
5:59   Gary Harris missed driving layup  
5:57   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
5:52   Mike Conley missed layup  
5:48   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
5:40 +2 Gary Harris made jump shot 39-33
5:21 +2 MarShon Brooks made fade-away jump shot 39-35
4:56   Defensive rebound by Kyle Anderson  
4:29   Personal foul on Kyle Anderson  
4:20   Lost ball turnover on Nikola Jokic, stolen by Marc Gasol  
4:18 +2 Garrett Temple made dunk, assist by Mike Conley 39-39
4:02 +2 Paul Millsap made dunk, assist by Nikola Jokic 41-39
3:49   Personal foul on Nikola Jokic  
3:35   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
3:22 +2 Jamal Murray made jump shot, assist by Nikola Jokic 43-39
3:00   Traveling violation turnover on Mike Conley  
2:53   Offensive foul on Nikola Jokic  
2:45   Personal foul on Nikola Jokic  
2:45   Team rebound  
2:45   Garrett Temple missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:45 +1 Garrett Temple made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-40
2:25   Shooting foul on Garrett Temple  
2:25 +1 Gary Harris made free throw 47-40
2:12 +2 Marc Gasol made jump shot, assist by Mike Conley 47-42
1:56   Bad pass turnover on Jamal Murray, stolen by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
1:48 +2 Jaren Jackson Jr. made layup 47-44
1:29   Gary Harris missed jump shot  
1:27   Defensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
1:07   Offensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
1:07 +2 Jaren Jackson Jr. made dunk 47-46
0:55   Paul Millsap missed driving layup, blocked by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
0:52   Defensive rebound by Mike Conley  
0:50 +2 Kyle Anderson made reverse layup, assist by Mike Conley 47-48
0:27   Paul Millsap missed jump shot  
0:27   Team rebound  
0:03   Mike Conley missed driving layup  
0:02 +2 Marc Gasol made dunk 47-50
0:00   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:52   Torrey Craig missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:49   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
11:50   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:16   Lost ball turnover on Jaren Jackson Jr., stolen by Paul Millsap  
11:02   Lost ball turnover on Jamal Murray, stolen by Kyle Anderson  
11:00   Shooting foul on Nikola Jokic  
11:00   Kyle Anderson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:00   Team rebound  
11:00 +1 Kyle Anderson made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-51
10:46   Personal foul on Marc Gasol  
10:41   Personal foul on Garrett Temple  
10:33   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:32   Team rebound  
10:32   Personal foul on Torrey Craig  
10:32   Violation  
10:16   Marc Gasol missed turnaround jump shot  
10:11   Offensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
10:11 +2 Jaren Jackson Jr. made dunk 47-53
10:06   Personal foul on Garrett Temple  
9:58   Jamal Murray missed jump shot  
9:57   Team rebound  
9:53   Shooting foul on Mike Conley  
9:53   Gary Harris missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:53   Team rebound  
9:53 +1 Gary Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-53
9:40   Mike Conley missed driving layup  
9:37   Defensive rebound by Torrey Craig  
9:27 +3 Jamal Murray made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Paul Millsap 51-53
9:08   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed driving layup  
9:04   Defensive rebound by Gary Harris  
8:57   Gary Harris missed jump shot  
8:53   Defensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
8:47   Kyle Anderson missed finger-roll layup  
8:43   Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap  
8:39   Personal foul on Paul Millsap  
8:24 +3 Marc Gasol made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mike Conley 51-56
7:59   Offensive rebound by Gary Harris  
7:55   Jumpball  
7:55   Lost ball turnover on Gary Harris, stolen by Marc Gasol  
7:45 +3 Kyle Anderson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marc Gasol 51-59
7:18   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
7:06   Traveling violation turnover on Marc Gasol  
6:50 +3 Juancho Hernangomez made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jamal Murray 54-59
6:26   Bad pass turnover on Mike Conley, stolen by Nikola Jokic  
6:22   Gary Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:19   Defensive rebound by Jaren Jackson Jr.  
6:12   Marc Gasol missed jump shot  
6:11   Defensive rebound by Nikola Jokic  
6:01   Out of bounds turnover on Paul Millsap  
5:46   Personal foul on Nikola Jokic  
5:36   3-second violation turnover on Ivan Rabb  
5:18   Jamal Murray missed driving layup  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Ivan Rabb  
5:07 +2 Ivan Rabb made driving layup, assist by Mike Conley 54-61
4:56 +2 Monte Morris made floating jump shot 56-61
4:31 +2 Juancho Hernangomez made dunk 58-61
4:31   Offensive rebound by Juancho Hernangomez  
4:21   Bad pass turnover on Shelvin Mack, stolen by Trey Lyles  
4:15 +3 Trey Lyles made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Gary Harris 61-61
3:53   Shooting foul on Mason Plumlee  
3:53 +1 Marc Gasol made 1st of 2 free throws 61-62
3:53 +1 Marc Gasol made 2nd of 2 free throws 61-63
3:36   Personal foul on Shelvin Mack  
3:36 +1 Mason Plumlee made 1st of 2 free throws 62-63
3:36   Turnover on Gary Harris  
3:27   Dillon Brooks missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:24   Defensive rebound by Trey Lyles  
3:15 +2 Mason Plumlee made alley-oop shot, assist by Monte Morris 64-63
2:50 +3 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mike Conley 64-66
2:30   Monte Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:29   Offensive rebound by Mason Plumlee  
2:18 +2 Gary Harris made layup, assist by Mason Plumlee 66-66
1:56   Dillon Brooks missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Mason Plumlee  
1:53   Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee  
1:50   Gary Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Dillon Brooks  
1:46   Defensive rebound by Mike Conley  
1:41 +3 Shelvin Mack made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mike Conley 66-69
1:27   Personal foul on Shelvin Mack  
1:27 +1 Trey Lyles made 1st of 2 free throws 67-69
1:27 +1 Trey Lyles made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-69
1:17   Personal foul on Jamal Murray  
1:17   Team rebound  
1:17   Jaren Jackson Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:17 +1 Jaren Jackson Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-70
0:58   Jamal Murray missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:57   Defensive rebound by Wayne Selden Jr.  
0:48   Mike Conley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:44