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Denver, CO (SportsNetwork. Nike Free Sale Australia .com) - Ty Lawson scored 25 points, handed out 11 assists and grabbed five rebounds in the Denver Nuggets dominating 114-85 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Lawsons backcourt mate, Arron Afflalo, chipped in 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting to help Denver snap a three-game skid. Kenneth Faried scored 13 points and pulled down 13 boards, and Jusuf Nurkic contributed 11 points, 10 boards and five blocks off the Nuggets bench. Marc Gasol scored 18 points as the Grizzlies saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Rookie Jordan Adams scored 12 in the final quarter on 5-of-6 shooting. In a game where the hosts took 31 trips to the line compared to Memphis 13, frustration boiled over late in the third. After a Tony Allen foul was called in transition with 3:39 remaining, Grizzlies coach David Joerger was ejected when he quickly accumulated two technical fouls coming out onto the floor to argue the call. After their coach was tossed, the Grizzlies were outscored 14-5 as the Nuggets led 83-60 after three. At the end of the period, Nurkic and Nick Calathes were assessed technical fouls after a heated argument between Nurkic and Gasol. Gasol took exception to Nurkics two blocks just as the quarter ended. The Nuggets got points from nine different players in the fourth as they emptied their bench. They shot 52.4 percent and got a pair of 3-pointers from Wilson Chandler. After his second triple, the lead ballooned to a game-high 33 when Gary Harris stole the ball from Adams and laid the ball in for his only points of the game. With 2:47 left in the first period, Mike Conleys finger roll put the Grizzlies up 22-19. Denver finished the quarter on a 13-0 run to lead 32-22. Lawson hit a pair of triples, and Afflalo made one to power the spurt. Memphis scored the first six points of the second quarter to pull within four, but it would not get any closer. Neither team made a 3-pointer in a period each side struggled to make shots. The Nuggets led 49-38 at the break. Game Notes Denver snapped a two-game losing streak against Memphis and improved to 28-3 against the Grizzlies in Denver since the 1998-99 season ... The Grizzlies fall to 4-3 in the second half of back-to-back games ... A total of five technical fouls were assessed in the third quarter ... Denver outrebounded Memphis 48-37. Nike Free Shoes Australia . Snedekers best result so far this year is a tie for eighth place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. He sits 113th in FedEx Cup standings and has dropped to 31st in world rankings — not the results expected from a player ranked fourth in the world only two years ago. Nike Free Cheap Online . Former two-time Olympic gold medallist Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine in both her "A" and "B" samples, the German Olympic Committee said.Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. This week they discuss J.R. Smiths antics, Dennis Rodmans trip to North Korea, Toronto FCs spending and the inspiring story of a California high-school basketball player. Bruce Arthur, National Post: My thumb is down to J.R. Smith, the illegitimate clown prince of basketball. The New York Knicks are their own unique brand of farce, but Smith takes it to a different, dumber level. This week he was fined $50,000 for trying to untie an opponents shoelace again, after being warned by the NBA, hey, dont try to untie an opponents shoelace again. This had literally never happened before. He had already been suspended in his career for fights, for drugs, and even for reckless driving causing a death, and he has said over and over, "Ive learned." But he never learns. Hes a player with talent, no desire to shape it, no thoughts of consequences, and the brain of a slow-ish ostrich. Someone should tie his shoelaces together, and be done with it. Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun: My thumb is down to Dennis Rodman and his bizarre egotistical nonsensical attempt at diplomacy with his latest visit to North Korea. This isnt the Richard Nixon days, when ping-pong began to unfreeze the relationship between the United States and China. This is today, and this is the clown Rodman, trying to look serious in a political arena. The situation becomes all the more troubling when you consider Rodmans patty-cake friendship with dictator and admirer Kim Jong-un. While in North Korea, Rodman suggested that American tour guide, Kenneth Bae, jailed 15 years for state subversion, was at fault for being held captive and after saying that, bllamed his verbal outburst on drinking too much. Nike Free Cheap Australia. Dennis Rodman is, was, and remains something of a sporting embarrassment. The fact he is playing a more difficult game here only makes it worse. Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated: My thumb is up to Toronto FC for its showy efforts at ending its culture of failure. This week the club repatriated Canadian midfielder Dwayne De Rosario. It then made a global splash by acquiring striker Jermain Defoe from Tottenham and signing another midfielder, American international Michael Bradley, who had been languishing at A.S. Roma. MLSEs $100 million moves faintly echo President Tim Leiwekes investment in David Beckham when Leiweke was in Los Angeles, although labeling MLS most dismal team a "super club" is wildly premature. The last Toronto team to "win" an offseason was the blue jays last winter. Howd that turn out? Dave Hodge, TSN: My thumb is up to California high-school basketball player Austin Hatch, and this story will explain itself. In two airplane crashes eight years apart that killed his father, mother, stepmother, brother and sister, Austin Hatch narrowly escaped death himself. The most recent crash in 2011 left Hatch in a coma for two months. 10 days earlier, he had committed to a basketball scholarship at the University of Michigan. This week, he played in a high-school game for the first time since the crash - his first shot was a three-point attempt, he made it - his schoolmates roared and his teammates jumped from the bench and stormed the court, causing an emotional celebration....and a technical foul. Hatch still looks forward to Michigan, where his scholarship will be honored. Thumbs up all around. Indeed. 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