The Denver Nuggets (29-36) did their part to keep the struggling Miami Heat (44-19) down, beating the defending champions 111-107 at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday.
The Nuggets rode a huge third quarter to victory, as they outscored the Heat 38-23 in that frame alone. It was an effort spearheaded by Denver's reserves.
By the end of the game, three bench players reached double-figures, led by 18 from Darrell Arthur.
Kenneth Faried continued his hot streak, dominating the Heat inside and in transition on the way to a team-high 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Miami is now 1-5 in the team's last six games, and they've looked lethargic throughout the slump. They were outrebounded and committed more turnovers than the Nuggets on Friday.
Ray Allen led the Heat with 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting. LeBron added 21. And four others reached double-figures for Miami.
They simply didn't bring the energy and focus defensively and on the boards.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.
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