The Nuggets’ supersized starting lineup has stumbled after getting off to a good start

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DENVER — The Denver Nuggets appeared to be in danger of dropping their fourth game in a row early in the third quarter Friday. With a little less than 10 minutes to go in the period, they trailed the Memphis Grizzlies by two. The Nuggets looked sluggish up to that point — playing the same brand of uninspired basketball that got them beat two nights earlier against the Atlanta Hawks.

Then with 9:18 to go in the third, the Nuggets finally woke up. They put the clamps on the Grizzlies defensively and did enough on offense to give themselves some breathing room. A two-point deficit became a seven-point lead by the end of the quarter. The Nuggets would go on to outscore the Grizzlies by 11 points over the final 17:18 of the game to earn a much-needed 87-78 win.

What changed during that stretch of the game?

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