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Randolph has 20 points, 11 rebounds and Grizzlies hold on to beat Nuggets 94-92

  • Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) goes up for a shot against Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) goes up for a shot against Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, front, goes up for a shot against Memphis Grizzlies center Kosta Koufos during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, front, goes up for a shot against Memphis Grizzlies center Kosta Koufos during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) from Russia fouls Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) from Spain during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov (25) from Russia fouls Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) from Spain during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

Zach Randolph had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Mike Conley added 19 points and the Memphis Grizzlies kept pace in the playoff race with a 94-92 win over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

The Grizzlies moved into a three-way tie with Dallas and Phoenix for seventh in the Western Conference. Memphis plays both teams once more — at the Suns on April 14 and home against the Mavericks in the regular-season finale two days later.

The rest of the schedule includes road games at Minnesota and San Antonio, and a home game with Miami, which is battling for the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Courtney Lee scored 19 points for Memphis, which stopped a two-game skid.

Denver rallied to get within 88-86 on Timofey Mozgov's free throw and the teams traded buckets before Conley banked in a 3-pointer to make it 93-88 with 36 seconds left.

After Randy Foye hit a layup for the Nuggets and Randolph missed a pair of free throws with 8.2 seconds remaining. Denver got the rebound, called a timeout and set up a play for the 7-foot-1 Mozgov at the 3-point line. He missed but then dunked the rebound to get the Nuggets within 93-92.

Lee was fouled with 0.7 seconds left, hit the first free throw and deliberately missing the second to end the game.

Mozgov tied a career high with 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and Kenneth Faried had 17 points for the Nuggets, who have dropped four in a row.

The teams play again Friday in Memphis.

The Grizzlies jumped out to 16-point lead in the second quarter on the strength of Lee's 13 points. But the Nuggets rallied behind Mozgov, who had seven points in the final 3:01 on three dunks and a free throw to cut Memphis' lead to 47-45 at the break.

Randolph took over late in the third quarter to help Memphis build a 75-68 lead heading into the fourth. Randolph scored 11 of his 13 points in the period in the final 4:16 as the Grizzlies expanded a two-point lead to seven.

NOTES: Nuggets F Wilson Chandler missed his fifth straight game with a left groin strain. ... The Grizzlies are 27-11 since Marc Gasol returned from a sprained MCL in his left knee on Jan. 14. ... The Nuggets had just 10 players available for the game.