The Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to 13 games by defeating host Oklahoma City 114-104.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Andre Miller isn’t known for voicing his opinion. So when the veteran point guard started talking, the Denver Nuggets listened.
A big performance on his 37th birthday started with an inspirational speech and finished with Miller’s play doing the talking for him.
Miller scored 13 of his season-best 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-104 Tuesday night for their first 13-game winning streak since joining the NBA.
“He’s a coach and a teacher and a veteran, and he does it every day in a very classy way, a very quiet way,” said Denver coach George Karl, a former Sonics coach.
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Denver, listed as an 8 ½-point underdog, took control just after halftime, building a 13-point lead and holding off the Thunder as it closed the gap to five points with 4:08 to play.
Miller had back-to-back jumpers as Denver answered with five straight points, and he went 5 for 6 at the free-throw line in the final 69 seconds.
Denver’s previous longest winning streak since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger was 12 straight in 1982.
The franchise won 15 in a row in the 1969-70 ABA season.
“It’s cool. I’m sure a lot of people didn’t think we would get this game, but we talked about having some pride, working hard and practicing,” Miller said.
Ty Lawson led Denver with 25 points. Miller also had nine assists and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.
Ex-Sonic Kevin Durant had 34 points and Russell Westbrook chipped in 25 for Oklahoma City, which fell to 30-5 at home this season.
The Thunder gave up a season-worst 72 points in the paint.
• Brandon Jennings scored 24 points and Monta Ellis added 21 to lead Milwaukee past visiting Portland 102-95.
Wesley Matthews scored 28 points for the Trail Blazers, who have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.