After a dry spell in the third quarter, the Denver Nuggets (45-22) used an impressive run in the fourth quarter to take the lead and held on late for a 87-80 win over the Memphis Grizzlies (44-20) Friday. It was Denver's 11th straight win and snapped the Grizzlies' six-game winning streak.
Denver was out-scored 19-10 in the third quarter, but started the fourth on a 9-0 run to get back into it. A 17-4 run overall in the fourth quarter helped them take the lead. Mike Conley tied it for Memphis with a three-pointer with 4:52 remaining and a Tayshaun Prince jumper with four minutes left put them on top briefly, but the Nuggets went back in front on a layup by Andre Iguodala and didn't trail the rest of the way.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 18 points and 18 rebounds.