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Nuggets hold off Grizzlies, end 8-game skid

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ty Lawson scored 18 points and dished out 12 assists to help the Denver Nuggets snap an eight-game skid with a 111-108 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at Pepsi Center.

Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov added 16 points apiece and Nate Robinson chipped in 15 points and seven assists for the Nuggets, who also snapped a five-game home losing streak. Denver was 36-5 at home last season.

"It's a wonderful feeling. We got the monkey off our back. We can't put it back on," said Faried.

The Nuggets' skid was their worst since dropping 10 straight in 2002-03.

Zach Randolph scored 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds while Mike Conley added 23 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who had won four of their last six entering the game.

"We gave ourselves a chance. They made a run, we bounced back. We felt we should have won the game," Randolph said.

Denver led 87-77 2 1/2 minutes into the final frame as Robinson knocked down a long 3-pointer. The teams traded baskets from there, until Conley's trey made it a two-point game, 98-96, with 4:05 to go.

Memphis was able to push its spread back to seven, 105-98, moments later, but a Prince 3-ball with a minute left pulled the visitors within 107-104. Lawson answered with a trey seven seconds later, but a pair of Jon Leuer free throws, followed by a Conley layup with just over 12 ticks remaining, made it a two- point game.

The Nuggets called a timeout after Conley's make to advance the ball past halfcourt, but threw it to Randy Foye in the backcourt, who eluded a Memphis defender and passed it up court. The Nuggets managed to pass the ball around until Robinson was fouled under the basket with 4.7 seconds remaining.

Robinson made the first free throw, but his second rimmed out and the Grizzlies quickly called a timeout. Memphis found Mike Miller off the inbounds pass, but the sniper couldn't get his trey to fall as the Nuggets survived for the win.

Denver led 28-23 after the first quarter and saw its lead swell to 16 points in the second before taking a 58-48 lead into the break.

The Grizzlies opened the third on a 17-6 run to take a 65-64 lead. Memphis went up by as many as five, 71-66, with just over 2 1/2 minutes left in the frame, but the Nuggets outscored the Grizzlies 9-6 the rest of the way to lead 77-75.

Game Notes

Denver's last win came on Dec. 15 ... The Nuggets dropped 23 games from Dec. 9, 1997-Jan. 23, 1998, the longest skid in franchise history ... Earlier on Friday ... The Denver Nuggets rescinded their two-game suspension of Andre Miller on Friday, though the veteran guard will still be held out of upcoming games for what the team termed as "personal reasons" ... Tayshaun Prince scored 13 points and Kosta Koufos added 11 for the Grizzlies ... Koufos, who spent the past two seasons with Denver, returned to Pepsi Center for the first time since he was traded to Memphis in the offseason.

01/04 02:39:20 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
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DUR 2
 
1:05pm Today
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CHA
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WAS 3
STL 4
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CLE 0
TOR 5
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DET 5
ANA 2
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BOS 4
BAL 2
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KAN 5
MIN 4
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CHC 8
CIN 4
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OAK 4
HOU 3
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PIT 7
MIL 8
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NYM 5
ATL 7
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TAM 16
NYY 1
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MIA 7
SEA 0
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CWS 3
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ARI 6
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STL
 
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NYY
 
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MIN
 
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CWS
 
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HOU
 
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PHI
 
4:10pm Today
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7:05pm Tonight
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TOR 87
BRK 94
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LAC 105
GSW 109
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IND 93
ATL 101
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OKC 100
MEM 86
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DAL
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CHA
7:00pm Tonight
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CHI 3
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MIN 2
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