DENVER — Reserve J.J. Hickson had 21 points and Ty Lawson scored eight of his 19 in a late fourth-quarter run, helping the Denver Nuggets end the Los Angeles Clippers' 11-game winning streak with a 110-100 victory Monday night.
The Clippers' streak was tied for second-longest in franchise history. Their longest, 17 in a row last season, also was snapped by Denver at Pepsi Center.
Kenneth Faried added 18 points and 16 rebounds in a duel in the paint against Blake Griffin, who finished with 26 points and 12 boards.
Down 98-96 with 4:21 remaining, Lawson hit a 3-point to give the Nuggets a lead they wouldn't relinquish. It was part of a 14-2 run to close out the game. The Clippers didn't score again after DeAndre Jordan's dunk at 3:31.
The Clippers had plenty of chances to get back into the contest, but Randy Foye foiled any rally bid — hitting a big 3-pointer and later blocking Reggie Bullock's shot on a drive.
Still, it was quite a St. Patrick's Day for Griffin. He began the day by being named the league's player of the week for a third time this season. Then, he went out and scored at least 20 points in a career-best 27th straight game.
Chris Paul finished 29 points. He also had seven assists, giving him 5,996 or his career. He's trying to join Magic Johnson, John Stockton and Isiah Thomas as the only NBA players to go over the 6,000-assist plateau before their 29th birthday. Paul turns 29 in May.
The Clippers played the night before, beating Cleveland 102-80, and seemed to fade late in the fourth quarter.
Thunder 97, Bulls 85
At Chicago, Kevin Durant finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls.
Russell Westbrook added 17 points after sitting out the previous day to rest his surgically repaired knee, and the Thunder rebounded from their most lopsided loss of the season. They went on a 13-point run after the Bulls scored eight straight early in the fourth to cut the lead to one and pulled this one out after falling by 23 at home to Dallas on Sunday.
Durant ran his streak of games with 25 or more points to 32, the longest in the NBA since Michael Jordan did it in 40 in a row during the 1986-87 season. He also chipped in with five assists.
Pacers 99, 76ers 90
At Indianapolis, Lance Stephenson scored 25 points and Indiana rallied from an early deficit to beat Philadelphia, handing the 76ers their franchise-record 21st straight loss.
Paul George had 24 points for the Pacers, who staked the Sixers to a 15-6 lead before taking the lead and pulling away. George Hill scored 11 points, Ian Mahinmi had 10 and David West grabbed 12 rebounds.
Thaddeus Young had 23 points to lead the Sixers, who tied the Detroit Pistons for the sixth-longest losing streak in NBA history. The Pistons lost 21 straight bridging the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons.
The Cleveland Cavaliers set the NBA record for consecutive losses with 26, in the 2010-11 season.
Hawks 97, Bobcats 83
At Charlotte, N.C., Paul Millsap scored 28 points, and the Atlanta Hawks snapped the Charlotte Bobcats' eight-game home winning streak.
It was Atlanta's 11th straight win over Charlotte. The Hawks have won four straight, pulling within 1 1/2; games of the Bobcats for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Nets 108, Suns 95
At New York, Deron Williams scored 28 points and even dunked for the first time this season, leading the Brooklyn Nets past the Phoenix Suns and extending their home winning streak to nine.
Williams shot 11 of 13 from the field and looks all the way back after ankle problems wrecked his first half of the season. He was two points off his season high and rose above the rim to throw down a dunk that finished off a fourth-quarter fast break started by Andrei Kirilenko's steal.
Rockets 124, Jazz 86
At Houston, Terrence Jones scored 30 points and the Houston Rockets ended a three-game skid with their most lopsided victory of the season.
Dwight Howard was out with an ankle strain, leaving the Rockets without him for the first time this season. But they still had no problem handling the Utah Jazz, who have lost five in a row and have one of the worst records in the Western Conference.
Mavericks 94, Celtics 89
At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki led another balanced scoring effort with 19 points, and the Dallas Mavericks opened a franchise-record eight-game homestand by holding on for a victory over the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics trailed by double digits twice in the second half before getting within one in the final minute but couldn't avoid an 0-15 finish on the road against the Western Conference.