Memphis grits, grinds to 81-72 win over Denver

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By CLAY BAILEY
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rudy Gay scored 8 of his 19 points down the stretch and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Denver Nuggets 81-72 on Saturday night.

Gay's rush was part of 10 straight points for Memphis, breaking open a 68-68 game with 4:45 left. His 18-footer on the baseline with 1:25 left gave Memphis a 10-point lead, helping the Grizzlies snap a 2-game losing streak.

Zach Randolph had 12 points for Memphis, which won despite shooting 40%. The Grizzlies outscored the Nuggets 28-15 in the fourth, eventually building the lead to 11 points.

Andre Iguodala, Corey Brewer and JaVale McGee all had 12 points for Denver, which had its 2-game winning streak end. Kenneth Faried had 11 points for the Nuggets, hitting 5 of 7 shots.

Danilo Gallinari, who was coming off a career-high 39 points Friday night against Dallas, was held to 7 points on 2 of 8 shooting.

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