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Nuggets 110, Grizzlies 84

March 16, 1999

DENVER (AP) _ Antonio McDyess scored 21 points and the Denver Nuggets came back from their worst offensive performance of the season to deal the Vancouver Grizzlies their 12th consecutive loss, 110-84 Monday night.

Reserves Cory Alexander and Johnny Taylor had 14 points apiece and Danny Fortson added 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Nuggets snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Denver blocked a season-high 18 shots, including six by Keon Clark, to finish one short of the franchise record of 19.

Two days after reaching season-lows in field goal percentage (29 percent) and field goals (21) and setting a franchise record-low with 61 points at San Antonio, the Nuggets shot 57 percent from the field and reached 100 points for the first time in eight games.

Shareef Abdul-Rahim had 15 points for Vancouver, whose last win came Feb. 23 against the Lakers.

The Nuggets hit 12 of 22 shots in the first quarter, including a 19-foot jump shot and a dunk by McDyess to start a game in which they never trailed.

Matters got only slightly better in the second quarter for the Grizzlies as Alexander came off the bench to score seven points, two on 3-pointers, to give Denver a 56-39 at halftime.

Billups had 10 points in the third quarter as Denver maintained a 20-point lead throughout most the period. The Nuggets took an 82-59 lead into the fourth quarter and went to its 11th and 12 players in the final 5:50 after the lead reached 98-72.

Notes: Vancouver played its 11th game in 16 days. ... Doug West missed his fifth game with a sprained foot. ... Denver didn’t win its sixth game last year, when the Nuggets had an NBA-worst 11-71 record, until the 64th game.

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