Camby’s Big Game Carries Nuggets
Denver 99, Memphis 83
DENVER, Nov. 20 (Ticker) -- Marcus Camby and Earl Boykins provided the long and short of it for the Denver Nuggets.
Camby had 21 points and 21 rebounds and Boykins scored 14 of his season-high 18 points in the second half as the Nuggets pulled away for a 99-83 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
"I am just going out there and playing and not thinking about it," said Camby, who is filling a huge frontcourt void with the injuries to Kenyon Martin and Nene. "I am just focusing on my defense and getting rebounds and blocked shots and my teammates are finding me on the offensive end."
"I saw a stat on NBA tonight - they show that when he has a game like he had tonight, they rarely lose," Grizzlies forward Shane Battier said. "And with Nene out, he is the key to their team."
The 5-5 Boykins came off the bench to spark the offense in the second half. He fueled a 7-0 surge at the end of the third quarter that gave the Nuggets control, then scored 11 points in the final period.
"Earl has been struggling a little bit, but I trust and have confidence in him," Nuggets coach George Karl said.
Carmelo Anthony had 21 points and 10 boards for the Nuggets, who won their sixth straight home game and kept the Grizzlies groping for answers in the Mile High City.
The Grizzlies have lost 16 straight visits here, dating to Nov. 18, 1997, when the franchise was in Vancouver and the Nuggets played in McNichols Arena.
Pau Gasol battled double-teams to score 24 points and Battier added 20 for Memphis, which has lost its last five meetings with Denver. The Grizzlies shot just 37 percent (32-of-86) and were beaten on the boards, 55-43.
"There are a lot of excuses that we can probably make why we didn't do it, and the truth of the matter is they just beat us tonight," Grizzlies guard Damon Stoudamire said.
In the first half, the Nuggets brought hard double-teams on Gasol - and paid for it. The Grizzlies spread the floor and exploited openings, and a pair of 3-pointers by Eddie Jones built a 45-36 lead in the second quarter.
However, the Nuggets closed the first half with a 15-4 run capped by a 3-pointer by former Grizzlie Earl Watson.
Boykins found Anthony for a layup and converted a three-point play that helped Denver open a 73-64 lead late in the third quarter.
Boykins had a pull-up jumper and two free throws before Camby's tip-in made it 89-74 with 5:33 left. Boykins added another jumper, a steal and layup for a 93-76 bulge.
"Earl does the same thing he always does - coming in in the fourth (quarter), giving us a spark," Anthony said. "He took advantage of the defense and attacked."