Nuggets hand Heat third straight loss, 117-104

By the Associated Press | January 14, 2012 | 1:32 AM EST

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, left, blocks a shot by Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) in the first quarter of a NBA basketball game in Denver on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

DENVER (AP) — Ty Lawson returned from a sprained right foot to score 24 points, and the Denver Nuggets sent the Miami Heat to their third straight loss with a 117-104 victory on Friday night.

LeBron James had 35 points for the Heat, who have lost their last 10 games in Denver.

Nene added 17 points for the Nuggets. Rudy Fernandez and Al Harrington each had 15 points.

Lawson, who was held out of Wednesday's game against New Jersey, also had nine assists.