Ol' Doug Moe coached the Nuggets' last 11-game win streak, and sure enough, Moe was at the Pepsi Center on Friday, so he was asked for his memories of such a momentous and stupendous accomplishment.

"None," he said.

That's how long ago it was.

In fact, it was 30 years to the day — March 15, 1983 — when the Nuggets won their 11th consecutive game, and this season's Nuggets tied the second-longest streak in franchise history Friday night. Denver knocked off budding rival Memphis 87-80 on a night when it played Memphis-like defense, holding the Grizzlies to 35.3 percent shooting from the field.

"It's a man's win," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "A win that took a lot of courage and mental toughness. Maybe it took us until the fourth to find the flow of the game, but that's the way it's going to be against Memphis. ... The mental aspect of winning this game is a big step."

The franchise's longest winning streak is 12 games, which happened in 1982 when they went undefeated from March 10 to April 2 (and included three overtime games).