DENVER (AP) - Nothing had gone Denver's way for a week when Flip Murray had the ball in his hands with a chance to send the Nuggets to their fourth straight loss.Clank.
Murray's miss from 14 feet at the buzzer allowed the Nuggets to escape with a 110-109 victory over the depleted Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
"I'm still a little disappointed in how we won, but it goes in the left column, and at the end of the day, that's all that matters," said Chauncey Billups, who scored a season-best 33 points.
Despite their recent woes, the Nuggets' 38-20 record matches the best 58-game mark since they joined the NBA in 1976.
The Nuggets used a 19-0 run spanning halftime to surge to a 17-point cushion in the third quarter, but the Hawks, despite missing starters Mike Bibby (flu) and Josh Smith (family matter), trailed 110-102 with 1:30 left.
Joe Johnson hit a 3-pointer and two free throws sandwiched around a Billups turnover. After Chris Andersen's inbound pass was stolen by Maurice Evans, Al Horford's jumper made it a one-point game with 33 seconds left.
Billups' errant 18-footer with 6.9 seconds left gave the Hawks the shot at the upset.
"It was wide open, I should have made it," said Murray. "It was an easy little chipper and I should have made it."
The Nuggets are clinging to their Northwest Division lead with star Carmelo Anthony (knee) ailing, center Nene (knee) out and forward Kenyon Martin fighting through back spasms.
Marvin Williams led Atlanta with a season-best 31 points, Johnson had 26 and Horford 21 points and 11 boards.
Clippers 93, Celtics 91
At Los Angeles, Zach Randolph scored 30 points to lead the Clippers, who won their 15th game of the season while sending the Celtics to only their 13th loss.
Paul Pierce led the Celtics, who are without the injured Kevin Garnett, with 20 points.
Spurs 99, Trail Blazers 84
At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 39 points and the Spurs won their 11th straight over the Blazers at home.
The Spurs were again without Tim Duncan, who is day to day with a right leg injury. Parker has combined for 76 points in back-to-back games without Duncan or Manu Ginobili healthy.
Channing Frye scored 15 for Portland, which last won in San Antonio in 2002.
Nets 111, Bulls 99
At East Rutherford, N.J., Devin Harris scored 19 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter for the Nets two days after scoring 39 and hitting a buzzer-beating halfcourt shot to beat Philadelphia.
Bobby Simmons added 18 points.
Ben Gordon had 17 points and recently acquired John Salmons added 15 points to lead the Bulls.
Jazz 120, Timberwolves 103
At Minneapolis, Ronnie Brewer scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Jazz.
In his second game back after missing the previous 44 with a knee injury, Carlos Boozer had 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting in 21 minutes. Mehmet Okur scored 25 for the Jazz, who extended their winning streak to a season-high six games.
Kevin Love had career highs with 24 points and 15 rebounds and Ryan Gomes added 24 points and eight boards for the Wolves, who have lost seven in a row at home.
Magic 114, Knicks 109
At New York, Dwight Howard had 24 points and 21 rebounds in his 20th career 20-20 game and Hedo Turkoglu scored 33 points for the Magic.
Nate Robinson scored 32 for the Knicks, Wilson Chandler had 27 points and Al Harrington 26.
Hornets 90, Pistons 87
At New Orleans, David West scored 30 points to help the Hornets hand Detroit its eighth straight loss - the Pistons' longest skid in 14 seasons.
West and Chris Paul, who finished with 20 points and 13 assists, combined for all but two of the Hornets' 25 fourth-quarter points.
Richard Hamilton scored 24 points for Detroit.
Mavericks 116, Bucks 96
At Dallas, Josh Howard scored 27 points, Jason Kidd added 19 and Dallas avenged its worst loss of the season last month in Milwaukee.
The Bucks beat the Mavericks 133-99 on Jan. 21 and led 15-7 early on Wednesday before the Mavs responded by scoring the next 16 points.
Brandon Bass scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Dallas.
Charlie Villanueva finished with 25 points for the Bucks.
76ers 106, Wizards 98
At Washington, Andre Iguodala just missed a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds as Philadelphia snapped a four-game slide.
Andre Miller scored 17 points, Louis Williams had 16 points, and Samuel Dalembert finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds as the 76ers earned their first win since the All-Star break.
Caron Butler scored 17 points for the Wizards.
Pacers 104, Grizzlies 99
At Indianapolis, T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack each scored 20 points, and Memphis' Rudy Gay missed a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left that would have tied it.
Troy Murphy had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, 3-1 without All-Star forward Danny Granger, who is recovering from a torn tendon in his right foot.
Marc Gasol had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and rookie O.J. Mayo added 21 points for Memphis, which lost its sixth straight.
Bobcats 98, Kings 91
At Sacramento, Gerald Wallace scored 27 points to help Charlotte end a seven-game road skid.
Sitting in a courtside seat near the bench, Bobcats managing partner Michael Jordan watched his team go on an 18-0 run and build a 14-point halftime lead.
Boris Diaw added 23 points for Charlotte.
Kevin Martin scored 23 points for the disjointed Kings, who added seven new players following last week' trading deadline.