Nate Robinson made one of two free throws with seven seconds left to put the Nuggets up by two and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap missed a jumper with one second left.
Millsap had game highs with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Al Horford had 21 points and nine rebounds.
Lawson added eight assists and seven rebounds for the Nuggets.
HEAT: Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, and Miami held off the Los Angeles Clippers 102-97 on Thursday night.
LeBron James added 18 points for the Heat (4-2), who won their third in a row and extended their club record by scoring at least 100 points in a sixth consecutive game to start the season.
WARRIORS: The team says an MRI on point guard Stephen Curry’s left ankle shows a bone bruise and his status is officially day to day.
Curry was injured in the third quarter of Golden State’s 106-93 victory at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. He said after the game he will “probably” play at San Antonio on Friday night when the Warriors visit the Spurs in a rematch of last season’s second-round playoff series.
Curry had just five points on 2-for-8 shooting with seven assists in 24 minutes against Minnesota.
BUCKS: Authorities say they won’t charge anyone in a nightclub altercation that included Milwaukee center Larry Sanders.
Sanders sat out a 109-104 victory Wednesday over Cleveland with a sore thumb. The team says Sanders hurt the thumb in the team’s previous game, the loss in the home opener to Toronto.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office said it reviewed an “altercation” that happened early Sunday involving several people, including Sanders.
Their statement said no one would be charged.
Sanders missed practice Monday after his wife went into labor. He missed practice Tuesday with the injured thumb.
Sanders signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension in the offseason after a breakout 2012-13 campaign. He’s averaging 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in three games this season.