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Gary Harris scores 26 points, Nuggets beat Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Denver Nuggets acknowledged their victory wasn't a masterpiece - with 24 turnovers and all - but they were sharp enough to snap a losing streak and hold their playoff spot.

Gary Harris scored 26 points, hitting a key basket with just under a minute left, and Denver weathered a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-102 on Friday night.

''It wasn't pretty, but we got the win, and that's all that matters,'' Harris said.

The Nuggets held on to the Western Conference's last playoff spot and snapped a two-game losing streak. They improved to 10-19 on the road.

''It was real big,'' said forward Will Barton, who finished with 24 points. ''Road win, which we've been struggling at all year, coming off two L's in a row. With the push we're trying to make, this was vital.''

Harris was 11 of 18 from the field to help the Nuggets shoot 55 percent in the game. Paul Millsap added 15 points as Denver sent the Grizzlies to their 12th straight loss, the longest losing streak in the NBA this season, leaving Memphis with the lowest winning percentage in the league at 29.5 percent (18-43).

''You can't say enough good things about the way these guys continue to battle in tough circumstances,'' Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ''Results, we come up short at the end, obviously. But, I couldn't be more proud of the way these guys fought.''

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 22 points and nine rebounds, Jarell Martin had 16 points, and Dillon Brooks 13.

Memphis trailed by 15 early in the fourth, but clicked off a 16-6 run to significantly cut into the Denver lead. Eventually, Memphis would get to within 104-102 with a pair of free throws from Gasol with 1:38 left.

But Harris nailed a 20-foot jumper with just under a minute left as the Nuggets scored the game's final four points.

''It's a simple game. You either miss or make it, right?,'' Harris said of the shot that stopped Memphis' hopes for a fourth-quarter comeback.

Millsap added: ''That was big for us to come out and not fold under pressure. (The Grizzlies) had an opportunity to tie the game up a couple of times, and we were able to get stops.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets:The Nuggets failed to reach 114 points. Denver had scored at least 114 in nine of its previous 10 games. ... C Nikola Jokic, who had recorded a triple-double in three of the previous five games, managed nine points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Grizzlies: The Grizzlies used their 22nd different starting lineup. ... The last time Memphis had a 12-game losing streak was from Jan. 6-31, 2009. .G Myke Henry, called up from the G League before the game, had a career-high five steals. .F Ivan Rabb had a career-best six offensive rebounds, part of Memphis grabbing 17 from the offensive glass

MILLSAP STARTS

Millsap, who came off the bench when he returned to action Tuesday after missing 44 games, was in the starting lineup against the Grizzlies. ''I found a little bit of rhythm due to a lot of easy baskets that my teammates were giving me,'' said Millsap, who was out due to wrist injury. ''I feel pretty good for the most part.''

JUST ENOUGH TO SCRIMMAGE

Due to illness and injury, the Grizzlies dressed only 10 players for the game, including guard Wayne Selden, who was on limited minutes in his first game back from right knee soreness. Bickerstaff said in his pregame interview: ''We called Myke Henry and Kobi (Simmons) will be with us'' from the team's G League Memphis Hustle, who played on the road Friday night against the Northern Arizona Suns. Bickerstaff added that it was ''difficult'' to find 10 players. ''We had to locate Myke (Henry) at the last minute to bring him in.''

UP NEXT

Nuggets: At Cleveland on Saturday night.

Grizzlies: At Orlando on Saturday night.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
M. Gasol
33 C
33.9 Min. Per Game 33.9
17.7 Pts. Per Game 17.7
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
8.5 Reb. Per Game 8.5
48.7 Field Goal % 41.3
48.7 Three Point % 41.3
84.4 Free Throw % 84.6
  Defensive rebound by Mason Plumlee 0:03
  Jarell Martin missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:07
+ 1 Will Barton made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:12
+ 1 Will Barton made 1st of 2 free throws 0:12
  Personal foul on Ben McLemore 0:12
  Lost ball turnover on Marc Gasol, stolen by Mason Plumlee 0:13
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:20
  Defensive rebound by Paul Millsap 0:42
  Marc Gasol missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:45
+ 2 Gary Harris made jump shot 0:59
  Team rebound 1:19
Team Stats
Points 108 102
Field Goals 40-73 (54.8%) 40-91 (44.0%)
3-Pointers 6-22 (27.3%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 22-26 (84.6%) 12-15 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 46 45
Offensive 6 17
Defensive 31 23
Team 9 5
Assists 18 26
Steals 17 14
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 22 20
Fouls 22 23
Technicals 0 1
24 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
22 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 34-28 35282817108
home team logo Grizzlies 18-43 29252622102
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 34-28 109.9 PPG 47.2 RPG 26.9 APG
home team logo Grizzlies 18-43 102.5 PPG 39.5 RPG 23.1 APG
Key Players
G. Harris SG 16.6 PPG 3.2 RPG 2.9 APG 43.9 FG%
M. Gasol C 16.3 PPG 8.7 RPG 4.1 APG 44.7 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Harris SG 26 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
M. Gasol C 22 PTS 9 REB 5 AST
54.8 FG% 44.0
27.3 3PT FG% 37.0
84.6 FT% 80.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Harris 34 26 4 0 4 0 4 2 11/18 1/5 3/3 1 3 30 +10
P. Millsap 27 15 7 1 4 1 2 2 5/10 1/2 4/4 2 5 27 +4
N. Jokic 33 9 9 5 1 0 5 5 2/5 0/1 5/7 1 8 24 +6
J. Murray 27 9 2 4 3 0 2 6 3/9 1/4 2/3 0 2 20 +8
W. Chandler 31 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 1/4 0/2 2/2 0 1 5 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Harris 34 26 4 0 4 0 4 2 11/18 1/5 3/3 1 3 30 +10
P. Millsap 27 15 7 1 4 1 2 2 5/10 1/2 4/4 2 5 27 +4
N. Jokic 33 9 9 5 1 0 5 5 2/5 0/1 5/7 1 8 24 +6
J. Murray 27 9 2 4 3 0 2 6 3/9 1/4 2/3 0 2 20 +8
W. Chandler 31 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 1/4 0/2 2/2 0 1 5 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Barton 32 24 6 2 1 0 3 1 10/14 2/5 2/2 1 5 32 +3
M. Plumlee 21 9 5 4 1 0 1 3 4/4 0/0 1/2 1 4 22 +4
D. Harris 17 8 0 1 2 0 1 3 2/5 1/2 3/3 0 0 11 -2
T. Lyles 14 4 3 1 1 1 3 0 2/4 0/1 0/0 0 3 8 -2
D. Arthur 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
K. Faried - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Beasley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Craig - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 108 37 18 17 3 22 22 40/73 6/22 22/26 6 31 179 +30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 36 22 9 5 0 0 7 2 7/17 3/7 5/5 0 9 34 +6
J. Martin 28 16 7 1 1 0 3 5 8/12 0/1 0/0 4 3 23 -1
D. Brooks 33 13 4 2 1 0 2 1 5/11 1/2 2/4 2 2 20 -6
M. Chalmers 33 12 1 6 1 2 3 1 3/9 2/6 4/4 0 1 25 +11
B. McLemore 30 12 3 2 4 1 0 4 5/12 2/5 0/0 1 2 24 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 36 22 9 5 0 0 7 2 7/17 3/7 5/5 0 9 34 +6
J. Martin 28 16 7 1 1 0 3 5 8/12 0/1 0/0 4 3 23 -1
D. Brooks 33 13 4 2 1 0 2 1 5/11 1/2 2/4 2 2 20 -6
M. Chalmers 33 12 1 6 1 2 3 1 3/9 2/6 4/4 0 1 25 +11
B. McLemore 30 12 3 2 4 1 0 4 5/12 2/5 0/0 1 2 24 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Rabb 20 9 7 4 2 0 1 2 4/8 0/0 1/2 6 1 25 -7
B. Johnson 11 6 3 0 0 0 1 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 2 8 -12
M. Henry 21 5 2 2 5 0 1 3 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 1 15 -1
K. Simmons 14 4 1 2 0 0 2 2 2/6 0/0 0/0 1 0 7 -17
W. Selden Jr. 10 3 3 2 0 0 0 1 1/6 1/4 0/0 1 2 10 +2
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 102 40 26 14 3 20 23 40/91 10/27 12/15 17 23 191 -30