Nuggets 111, Grizzlies 108

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DENVER -- Guard Ty Lawson had 18 points and 12 assists, forward Kenneth Faried and center Timofey Mozgov added 16 points apiece and the Denver Nuggets snapped an eight-game skid with a 111-108 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

Forward Zach Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds and guard Mike Conley had 23 points and eight assists for Memphis, which had a chance to tie but forward Mike Miller's 3-pointer hit off the back iron as time expired.

It was Denver's first win since mid-December, a rough stretch that included bad losses and at least one disgruntled player.

The Nuggets' downward spiral reached a pinnacle Wednesday when guard Andre Miller was seen yelling at coach Brian Shaw on the bench during the loss to Philadelphia. The Nuggets suspended Miller on Thursday but rescinded it two hours before tip Friday.

Instead, Miller was given time away from the team.

"Maybe some space for him to deal with personal issues and both sides to cool down," Shaw said. "There's a difference of opinion and as a coach I have to decide what's best not just for Andre, but what's best for the team. That's what I thought was best for the team so that's what I decided."

Miller has been unhappy with his minutes, which have dwindled as the season has progressed. It came to a head Wednesday when he received the first "Did Not Play-Coach's Decision" of his 15-year career. He also saw his streak of 239 straight games played end Wednesday.

Miller let his anger and frustration boil over in a sideline tirade that keeps him away for at least two more games. He wasn't around to see the Nuggets end their longest losing streak in 11 seasons, but they had to sweat it out.

Denver settled down after a shaky third quarter to take an 87-77 lead with 9:30 remaining.

Forward Tayshaun Prince's 3-pointer with a minute left made it 107-104, but Lawson answered to make it 110-104 with 53 seconds remaining.

Two free throws and a layup by Conley with 15.8 seconds left cut it to two, and Robinson made just 1 of 2 free throws with 4.1 seconds left to make it a 3-point game.

That set up the final play, and Mike Miller had a good look at the end but couldn't sink the shot.

Andre Miller's situation seemed to shake up the Nuggets -- at least in the first half. They hit 54.8 percent of their shots, outrebounded the Grizzlies and led by as many as 16 before settling for a 58-48 advantage at intermission.

The Grizzlies came out aggressive in the third and it paid off. They forced seven turnovers and went to the line 12 times before committing their first foul with 1:59 left in the period. Memphis took a five-point lead before Denver rallied to lead 77-75 heading into the fourth.

NOTES: The Nuggets' eight-game losing streak was their longest since losing the final eight games of the 2002-03 season. They also suffered a 14-game losing streak in that campaign. ... Grizzlies F Zach Randolph recorded a double-double in 16 of his last 22 games entering Friday. ... The Grizzlies held a 46-25 rebounding edge over Denver when the teams met in Memphis on Saturday. It was the fewest rebounds by the Nuggets since March 18, 2008, at Detroit. ... Grizzlies F Tayshaun Prince has started 789 games since the start of the 2003-04. It is the second most in the NBA in that span, trailing only Miami F LeBron James. ... Memphis G Mike Conley has scored in double figures in 28 of 30 games this season.

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