OKLAHOMA CITY -- Ty Lawson scored 25 points, and the Denver Nuggets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-104 Tuesday for their 13th consecutive victory.
The streak is the Nuggets' longest since a franchise-record 15-game run in the ABA in 1969-70.
Denver has beaten the defending Western Conference champions in three of four meetings this season.
The Nuggets (47-22) led by as many as 13 points in the second half before the Thunder cut the lead to 102-97 with less than four minutes left. After getting a stop, Oklahoma City (50-18) had an opportunity to cut the deficit to three points or two on consecutive trips, but Kevin Durant was called for a charge, and Thabo Sefolosha missed a layup.
Denver's Kenneth Faried hit one of two at the foul line before Andre Miller made a jump shot to put Nuggets up 105-97.
Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson missed a 3-point attempt, and Miller made the Thunder pay with another jumper in the paint. Denver led by 10 with 1:29 left and was able to hold on from there.
Durant led all scorers with 34 points on 10-for-23 shooting. He also had seven rebounds, five assists and six turnovers. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook added 25 points and six assists, but he scored only seven points in the second half. Kevin Martin came off the Oklahoma City bench to post 14 points.
The Nuggets had six players score in double figures. Reserve guard Miller posted 20 points and handed out nine assists. Danilo Gallinari and Faried each scored 13, Corey Brewer added 11 points and four steals, and Andre Iguodala had 10 points. Faried also contributed 15 rebounds.
Denver coach George Karl anticipated the Thunder would come out the gates attacking. He was correct. Oklahoma City shot nearly 60 percent from the field while taking a 34-26 advantage after the first quarter.
The Thunder pushed the lead to 10 points before Denver stormed back behind the play of its bench. Led by Wilson Chandler, JaVale McGee, Brewer and Miller, the Nuggets' reserves outscored Oklahoma City's reserves 28-16. Denver trailed 66-65 at halftime.
The Nuggets began the third quarter on a 15-4 run. They got their transition offense rolling, and Oklahoma City's defense couldn't keep up. Even when Denver slowed the ball down, the Nuggets had too many scoring options for Oklahoma City to focus on.
NOTES: The 131 combined points scored at halftime was a season high for a Thunder game. ... The Thunder were been selected as a nominee in the "Sports Team of the Year" category for the 2013 Sports Business Awards, presented by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. Their competition includes the Washington Nationals, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Sounders. ... Denver has owned the paint this season as it leads the NBA with an average of 57.6 points scored in the key. The Nuggets have scored 60 points 28 times heading into Tuesday. ... The Thunder have reached the 50-win plateau for the third time in the past four seasons. Kevin Durant and Nick Collison are the only members of the team who were around when they were the Seattle Supersonics and won only 20 games its last year in Seattle. "We had 40 wins in two seasons, and now we have 50 wins almost every year," Durant said. "So that's a blessing and shows how much we've grown as an organization." ... The Rev. Jesse Jackson attended Tuesday's game. It was his first time at the Chesapeake Energy Arena for a Thunder game.