Apr 13, 2010 1:33 AM

Nuggets pound Grizzlies in home regular season finale

DENVER (AP) - J.R. Smith scored 26 points and the Denver Nuggets broke out of their offensive funk with a 123-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

With their biggest output in a month, the Nuggets also got 21 points from Carmelo Anthony and 20 from Nene, both of whom sat out the fourth quarter while watching Smith and Aaron Afflalo, who scored 22 points and pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds.

Now, the Nuggets are off to Phoenix for a crucial game against the Suns in their season finale Tuesday night.

A win by the Nuggets would secure their second straight Northwest Division title, at least the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoff bracket and home-court advantage in the first round.

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