Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Ty Lawson put on a show at US Airways Center
and helped the Nuggets clinch a postseason berth in the process, as Denver
took down the playoff-hopeful Phoenix Suns, 118-107.
Lawson poured in a season-high 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including a 5-
of-5 effort from three-point range, and doled out 10 assists while committing
just one turnover.
His effort, along with Kenneth Faried's 18 points and 14 rebounds, assured the
Nuggets a ninth straight playoff appearance, as they currently hold the No. 7
position in the Western Conference standings with three games to play.
The loss hurt the Suns' postseason chances, but they still control their fate
with two games remaining. They are a half-game behind the Jazz for the eighth
and final spot in the West, with Utah scheduled the play the Magic later
Saturday. Phoenix, though, holds the tiebreaker and visits the Jazz on Tuesday
before finishing up their regular season slate at home against the Spurs on
The Suns may be without Channing Frye going forward after the three-point
specialist injured his shoulder in the second quarter Saturday and did not
return. Shannon Brown made six three-pointers in his absence and finished with
a team-high 28 points in defeat.
The Sports Network