DENVER — The Denver Nuggets appeared to be in danger of dropping their fourth game in a row early in the third quarter Friday. With a little less than 10 minutes to go in the period, they trailed the Memphis Grizzlies by two. The Nuggets looked sluggish up to that point — playing the same brand of uninspired basketball that got them beat two nights earlier against the Atlanta Hawks.

Then with 9:18 to go in the third, the Nuggets finally woke up. They put the clamps on the Grizzlies defensively and did enough on offense to give themselves some breathing room. A two-point deficit became a seven-point lead by the end of the quarter. The Nuggets would go on to outscore the Grizzlies by 11 points over the final 17:18 of the game to earn a much-needed 87-78 win.

What changed during that stretch of the game?

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Christian Clark

Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at and I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.