Chandler, Afflalo lead Nuggets over Heat, 102-82
DENVER (AP) -- Wilson Chandler scored 17 points, Arron Afflalo had 16 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Miami Heat 102-82 on Wednesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Chris Bosh had 14 points to lead Miami, which has dropped four of its last five on the road after starting the season 5-2 away from home. The Heat are in the middle of a stretch of eight of 10 games on the road.
Denver has been streaky in the first quarter of the season. The Nuggets lost six straight, won five in a row to go above .500, but followed that with the four-game slide.
The Nuggets led by 12 early but the Heat rallied to tie it at 48 at halftime. Shawne Williams hit three 3-pointers in the second quarter and Luol Deng nailed a short jumper at the halftime buzzer to tie the score.
Denver started pulling away in the third. Chandler and Afflalo scored four quick points apiece to start the second half. A steal by Ty Lawson and dunk by J.J. Hickson gave the Nuggets a 59-50 lead.
Timofey Mozgov, who had nine points and 10 rebounds, had a three-point play and rookie Erick Green hit a jumper to give Denver a 76-60 lead late in the third.
After two free throws by Mario Chalmers with 4.4 seconds remaining in the third, Green nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 79-62 heading into the fourth.
The Nuggets opened the final period on a 14-4 run to put it away.
Heat: The Heat played without F Josh McRoberts. He suffered a bruise on his right knee late in Miami's win in Phoenix on Tuesday night. ... Miami is 9-0 when leading after three quarters and 6-2 when scoring 100 or more points. ... The Heat have hit at least one 3-pointer in 213 straight games.
Nuggets: F Kenneth Faried returned to the lineup after missing two games with a back injury. ... F Danilo Gallinari missed the game with a couple of bone bruises to his right knee. Denver coach Brian Shaw played Gallinari just 5:36 in Monday's overtime loss in Toronto but said the lack of playing time was due to how well Wilson Chandler was playing. ... The Nuggets were also without G Nate Robinson (back) and C JaVale McGee (left tibia soreness). Robinson has now missed three straight games and McGee eight of the last nine.
Heat: At Utah on Friday.
Nuggets: At Houston on Saturday.