Miller ties Grizz record with 41 in win over Nuggets

vMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Mike Miller matched a franchise record
with 41 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 116-102 win over
the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

Miller, who set a franchise record for points from a reserve,
connected on 12 of his first 15 shots and 15-of-24 for the game as
the Grizzlies built the lead to 22 in the third quarter.

The Grizzlies shot 56 percent to snap a six-game losing streak
against Denver.

Carmelo Anthony led Denver with 33 points, but the Nuggets,
despite shooting 55 percent, never got the deficit below double
digits after the early stages of the second half.

Pau Gasol added 18 points and seven assists for Memphis, while
Eddie Jones scored 17. Chucky Atkins finished with 16 points, eight
rebounds and six assists.

Ruben Patterson scored 17 for Denver, and Andre Miller had 13
points and six assists. Francisco Elson and Reggie Evans had 10
points apiece.

Memphis shot 63 percent in the first half and led by as many as
15 before the break. Miller hit his first six shots and had 22
points in the half.

The Grizzlies relied on their guard play. Besides Miller's
points, including 17 in the second period, Atkins had 12 and Jones
scored 11.

Nuggets center Marcus Camby strained his left knee in the first
half and didn't play after halftime.

Denver's Greg Buckner made a 3-pointer just before the halftime
buzzer to cut the Memphis lead to 65-57. The 65 points was the
highest in a first half for the Grizzlies this season.

Gasol scored 10 points in the third and the Nuggets needed an
11-4 run to close out the period to pull within 96-81 heading into
the fourth.

Game notes
Anthony's 33 marked his fourth consecutive game with at
least 30 points. ... Nuggets G Earl Boykins sat out his first game
after suffering a fractured hand in Wednesday's win at Indiana.
Boykins is expected to miss four weeks. ... Denver F Kenyon Martin
also sat out the game due to his left knee problems. Martin did not
play in any of the three games against Memphis this season. ...
Anthony surpassed 5,000 career points on a dunk with 8:39 to play
in the first period. ... Ruben Patterson got a technical in the
second period after he and Grizzlies G Dahntay Jones got tangled
up, which led to a some jawing. Camby got one later in the quarter
when disagreed with a foul call that went against him.