DENVER (AP) — Ty Lawson scored 18 points, including a key 3-pointer with less than a minute to play, and the Denver Nuggets snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 111-108 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
Lawson also had 12 assists for the Nuggets, who played without Andre Miller. His two-game suspension stemming from a verbal clash with coach Brian Shaw during Wednesday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers was rescinded by the club, but Miller will remain away from the club, excused from all team activities, until Monday under a newly issued personal leave.
Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov added 16 points apiece for Denver and Nate Robinson had 15 points, including nine in the fourth quarter.
Zach Randolph had 25 points to lead Memphis and Mike Conley added 23. Mike Miller narrowly missed a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Trailing by 10 at the break, the Grizzlies got back in the game by opening the third quarter with a 13-4 run.
Tony Allen’s layup little more than three minutes later put the Grizzlies in front 65-64, their first lead since the opening moments of the game. The Nuggets came back, with help from a three-point play by Evan Fournier and a 3-pointer by Robinson to take a 77-75 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Nuggets extended their lead to 87-77 with 9:32 remaining, getting 3-pointers from Randy Foye and Robinson around a breakaway dunk by Faired. The Grizzlies made another push, though, getting seven consecutive points capped by Conley’s 3-pointer to pull to 98-96 with 4:05 left.
Robinson answered with a 3-pointer to give the Nuggets a bit of breathing room, but Tayshaun Prince drained a 3-pointer with a minute left, getting the Grizzlies within 107-104.
Lawson rebuilt the Nuggets’ lead to six points with a clutch 3-pointer with 53.1 seconds left. Memphis scored the next four points, and with 4.1 seconds left fouled Robinson, who made one of two free throws with the Grizzlies rebounding and getting the ball with just over 3 seconds remaining.
Miller’s attempt for a tying 3-pointer hit the back of the rim and bounced out.
The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half but closed with a 9-3 burst over the last 2:37 of the second quarter to pull to 58-48 at the half.
NOTES: Lawson has had eight points-assists double doubles this season. … Mozgov has come off the bench to score in double figures 13 times this season. … Memphis outscored the Nuggets 27-19 in the third quarter, getting 12 of its points from the free throw line. … The Nuggets’ Darrell Arthur fouled out with 40.2 seconds left.
By Dennis Georgatos, AP Writer
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