The brilliance of the offensive game was not present at the meeting between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Denver Nuggets, who stood out more for its failures than successes in the field goal.
Although the end was forward Rudy Gay that made the difference for the Grizzlies, who won 81-72, breaking run of two consecutive defeats.
Gay scored 19 points, including eight in the final stretch of the game, which established the difference on the scoreboard and left the Grizzlies with a 19-8 mark, the second best of the Southwest Division.
The starting forward starred streak of 10 consecutive points and the Grizzlies managed to broke the tie at 4:45 when there were 68 minutes to conclude the regular time.
Gay scored a jump shot from the back of the line with 1:25 minute left and gave the Grizzlies 78-68 partial advantage that would be decisive.
The power forward Zach Randolph had 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists, which left him as the second top scorer for the Grizzlies and the only one with that Gay had two-digit numbers.
The Spanish power forward Marc Gasol played 29 minutes and contributed six points by scoring September 3 field goals, missed a triple and nine rebounds, five of which were defensive.
Gasol, but did not shine in the offensive game, he did good work and team defense to recover three fumbles, two assists, two blocks and got lost the ball only once.
Despite having a success rate of 40 percent on field goals, the Grizzlies dominated the Nuggets in the fourth quarter with partial 28-15 and managed to establish a lead of 11 points that helped them get the win.
The guard Andre Iguodala, the reserve Corey Brewer and center JaVale McGee scored 12 points each, but did not prevent the Nuggets (17-15) broke run of two consecutive wins.
The power forward Kenneth Faried had 11 points, 5 of 7 from the field, but as a team the Nuggets had a 43 percent success rate on field goals (29-68) and only 19-point (3-16).
The Italian small forward Danilo Gallinari, who the night before had established his best polling as a professional brand to get 39 points against the Dallas Mavericks, against the Grizzlies was left with only seven goals after scoring 2 of 8 field goals.