Struggling Nuggets play host to Grizzlies

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Updated: January 3, 2014

(SportsNetwork.com) – The Denver Nuggets will try to halt an eight-game losing
streak Friday night when they welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to the Pepsi
Center.

Denver hasn’t won since a home victory Dec. 15 over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Since, the Nuggets have dropped five straight at home and have surrendered an
average of 105.6 points per game.

This represents the longest Nuggets losing streak since the 2002-03 season.

“It’s tough. I’ve never lost like this ever in my life, even from pee wee
basketball, so it’s tough,” said guard Ty Lawson. “It’s hard to get out of the
rut; I don’t know how to get out of it right now.”

The Nuggets fell at home to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, 114-102. The
Sixers scored 44 points in the second quarter and hung on from there as seven
different Sixers scored in double figures.

“I feel like we have reached rock bottom,” J.J. Hickson said. “We’ve lost to
some pretty bad teams.”

Hickson led the way with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Lawson had 15 points and
11 assists and Wilson Chandler (16), Randy Foye (14) and Kenneth Faried (12)
all scored in double digits.

Andre Miller was suspended for two games for conduct detrimental to the team
by head coach Brian Shaw after the two had a blowup on Wednesday in a loss
against the 76ers. Miller’s suspension begins on Friday.

The Grizzlies have won two of three and four of their last six thanks to a
99-91 road victory Thursday over the Phoenix Suns.

Zach Randolph led six Grizzlies in double figures with 20 points and 15
rebounds.

The Grizzlies got a major boost from their reserves, with Jerryd Bayless
scoring 17 points and Ed Davis totaling 16 points with 11 boards off the
bench. Mike Miller also started the game on the pine and contributed 11
points, seven boards and four assists, while starters Mike Conley and Kosta
Koufos added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

“We’ve played up and down,” said Bayless. “Just getting the win in general is
something I’m excited about. We’ve got to continue this pattern.”

Memphis may actually get some good news soon as Marc Gasol is inching closer
to a return. He has been out of the lineup since November with a severely
sprained MCL.

Memphis defeated the Nuggets during this losing streak on Saturday, but Denver
has won three of the last five meetings. The Nuggets have won 27 of their last
29 against the Grizz in the Mile High City.