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Lawson scores 23 points as Nuggets hold on to give Shaw first career win, 109-107

  • Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) goes up for a shot against Atlanta Hawks' DeMarre Carroll (5) and Pero Antic during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) goes up for a shot against Atlanta Hawks' DeMarre Carroll (5) and Pero Antic during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson (7) goes up for a shot against Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson (7) goes up for a shot against Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw gestures during the first quarter of the Nuggerts' NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw gestures during the first quarter of the Nuggerts' NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

Ty Lawson had 23 points and eight assists and the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-107 on Thursday night to give new head coach Brian Shaw his first win.

Nate Robinson added 15 points and JaVale McGee had 14 for Denver (1-3), which rallied from eight points down in the fourth quarter before surviving a late Atlanta rally.

The win leaves Utah (0-5) as the NBA's only winless team.

Paul Millsap scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Hawks but missed a short jumper that would have tied the game with 1.9 seconds left. Al Horford, who had 21 points, grabbed the rebound but his shot was off as time expired.