"We had three turnovers after we cut it to one in the fourth quarter," Denver coach George Karl said. "You can't take away your possessions by making mistakes. Fundamental things that we usually win — we win offensive boards and they kicked us on the offensive boards, we usually create a lot of points off our defensive hands and they converted our turnovers into more points than we did."
The Nuggets outshot the Suns 56 percent to 40 percent in the first half but led only 57-54 at the break. Phoenix stayed close by making 13 of 15 free throws in the first two quarters to Denver's 5 of 10.
Denver led most of the third quarter and was ahead 76-71 when McGee dunked with just under 4 minutes left in the period. But Phoenix outscored the visitors 12-2 the rest of the quarter. Dudley and Beasley each hit a 3 during the run, then Dragic's 8-footer gave the Suns an 83-78 lead entering the fourth.
The Nuggets cut the lead to three early in the fourth quarter before Brown's inside basket and Gortat's dunk on a lob from Dragic made it 91-84 with 9:17 to play.
Gallinari's driving layup over Morris cut the Phoenix lead to 97-96 with 3:58 remaining, leading Suns coach Alvin Gentry to call a timeout, and the Suns pulled away from there.
NOTES: After playing Miami at home on Thursday, the Nuggets play their next three on the road. ... Phoenix improved to 3-1 at home. ... Denver lost its first three games of the season, all on the road, but had won its last two away from home. ... Dragic is the only Suns player to score in double figures in every game this season. .... Phoenix's Sebastian Telfair was initially called for a flagrant foul on Faried in the fourth quarter but it was overturned and called only a foul after officials reviewed the video.