Nuggets Vs. Magic: Denver Looks To Solidify Place In Western Conference

The Denver Nuggets, who defeated the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, will look for their second win in a row on Sunday vs. the Orlando Magic.

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Nuggets Schedule 2012: Denver Begins Final Week Of Season Vs. Orlando

The Denver Nuggets, with a playoff berth firmly in hand, take on the Orlando Magic as they look to improve their seeding.

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Nuggets Vs. Suns Final Score: Denver Picks Up Critical Win Over Phoenix

The Denver Nuggets may have solidified their place in the Western Conference playoffs on Saturday evening with a 118-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Denver entered the game seventh in the West standings, while the Suns entered in the eighth and final spot with the Utah Jazz nipping on their heels. The win lifts Denver to 35-28 on the season, while Phoenix falls to 33-31.

The Nuggets were led by point guard Ty Lawson, who finished with 29 points, 10 assists, and four rebounds. Shooting guard Arron Afflalo had 19 points in the win. Rookie forward Kenneth Faried had 18 points and 13 rebounds on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor.

The Suns were led by shooting guard Shannon Brown, who had 28 points and six rebounds. Steve Nash had eight points and 13 assists for Phoenix. Marcin Gortat added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

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Nuggets Vs. Suns Score Update: Denver Takes 13 Point Lead Into 4th Quarter

The Denver Nuggets outscored the Phoenix Suns 33-22 in the third quarter on Saturday evening to take a 93-80 lead into the fourth quarter at in Phoenix. The Suns entered the game in eighth place in the Western Conference, while the Nuggets entered in seventh place.

Ty Lawson has done it all for the Nuggets. The point guard has 27 points, nine assists and three rebounds after three quarters. Rookie forward Kenneth Faried has 16 points and 11 rebounds for Denver on 8-of-11 shooting. Forward Danilo Gallinari has 13 points and four assists for Denver.

The Suns are led by Steve Nash, who ends the third with eight points, 13 assists and six rebounds. Marcin Gortat has 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Suns. Shannon Brown has 17 points.

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Nuggets Vs. Suns Score Update: Denver Trails 34-28 After First Quarter

The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns entered their Saturday afternoon contest as the seventh and eighth seeds in the Western Conference playoff picture respectively. Through one quarter in Phoenix, the Suns lead the Nuggets 34-28.

Shooting guard Shannon Brown leads the Suns through a quarter. Brown has 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Steve Nash didn't score in the first quarter, but does have a very impressive nine assists. Phoenix center Marcin Gortat has 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting after one.

Ty Lawson leads the Nuggets with 10 points and three assists on 3-for-4 shooting from the field. Rookie forward Kenneth Faried has eight points and three rebounds through the first quarter. Al Harrington has four points off the bench for the Nuggets.

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Nuggets Vs. Suns: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Denver Nuggets currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference playoff standings with just three games remaining. The Nuggets have a 1.5 game lead on both the eighth-seeded Phoenix Suns and ninth seeded Utah Jazz coming into tonight's date against Steve Nash and the Suns at US Airways Center. Needless to say, it's a huge game for George Karl's team.

The Nuggets have won two of their last three games, but fell to the Clippers on Wednesday night. The Suns scored a pivotal victory by defeating the Clippers the next night.

Phoenix plays Utah on Tuesday. With the regular season coming it a close, it appears as if the Western Conference playoff picture will be cleared up with the teams fighting for the final postseason spots battling head-to-head.

Game Date & Time: Saturday, April 21, 3:30 p.m. MT

Location: US Airways Center; Phoenix, AZ.

TV: Altitude, ESPN

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Nuggets Vs. Suns: Playoff Hopefuls Look To Jump In Standings

The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns will enter's Saturday afternoon's game within punching distance of each other in the Western Conference playoff race. Currently, the Nuggets sit at 34-28 with the No. 7 seed in the West, while the Suns are 33-30, which is good for No. 8 in the West. Hot on both teams' heels is the Utah Jazz, who are also 33-30 but are behind the Suns thanks to a tiebreaker.

The good news for the Nuggets is that with two wins already vs. the Suns this season, they will hold the head-to-head tiebreaker should the two teams finish tied in the standings regardless of what happens in this final match up. With a win, the Nuggets would all but end Phoenix's chance of catching them for the seventh seed, making the Suns fight it out with the Jazz.

In the two teams' last game, which came on April 6, Andre Miller led the Nuggets on a fourth quarter comeback that helped Denver defeat Phoenix 105-99, a game in which Arron Afflalo scored 30 points.

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Nuggets Schedule 2012: Denver To Face Phoenix, Orlando This Weekend

The Denver Nuggets will be busy during their final weekend of the 2011-2012 regular season as they play back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday night. Looking to hold onto a playoff spot in the tight Western Conference, the weekend could have key implications for how the middle of the standings stack up.

On Saturday, the Nuggets travel to Arizona to take on the Phoenix Suns in a key match-up of playoff hopefuls. The Suns are currently on the outside looking in with a 32-30 record, but they're just a half-game behind the Utah Jazz for the No. 8 seed in the West.

The next day, the Nuggets will be hosting the Orlando Magic. After it was announced this week that Dwight Howard will be out for the season after having back surgery, that team becomes a far less formidable opponent. Orlando has won just four of its past ten games.

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Clippers Vs. Nuggets Final Score: LA Surges In Second Half To Steal A Win In Denver

Every game is a crucial one for the Denver Nuggets, who are one of three teams fighting for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference. On Wednesday night, the Nuggets fell to the L.A. Clippers 104-98 at the Pepsi Center. Denver held a 12-point lead after the first quarter, but was out-scored in every other quarter by six points.

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Chris Paul had 21 points, eight assists and three steals for L.A. Mo Williams added 19 points and four assists for the Clippers off the bench. Blake Griffin was held to 12 points and seven rebounds.

Ty Lawson scored 24 points for the Nuggets on 9-of-12 shooting, to go along with six assists and four rebounds. Al Harrington came off the bench to add 14 points and eight rebounds. Center Kosta Koufos finished with 12 points and nine rebounds on 5-of-6 shooting.

The loss drops Denver 34-28. Los Angeles improves to 39-23.

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Clippers Vs. Nuggets Score Update: Game Tied 76-76 Heading Into 4th Quarter

The Denver Nuggets ended the first quarter of their Wednesday night game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a 12-point lead, but two quarters later, it's been completely erased. The Nuggets and Clippers head into the fourth quarter tied 76-76 tonight at the Pepsi Center.

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Point guard Chris Paul went off in the third quarter, and now has 17 points and seven assists for the Clippers. Caron Butler has added 14 points for LA. Nick Young has 11 points off the bench.

Al Harrington's 14 points are a team-high for Denver off the bench. Kosta Koufos and Arron Afflalo each have 12 points. Ty Lawson has 11 points and six assists for Denver after three quarters.

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Clippers Vs. Nuggets Score Update: Denver Leads 53-47 At Halftime

The Denver Nuggets lead the LA Clippers 53-47 after two quarters at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets took a 12 point lead into the second quarter, but the Clippers were able to close the gap behind hot shooting from three-point land.

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Forward Al Harrington has 10 points off the bench for the Nuggets. Point guard Ty Lawson has nine points and six assists on 4-of-6 shooting at the half. Center Kosta Foufos has eight points, and rookie forward Kenneth Faried has seven points for Denver.

Chris Paul has just eight points and five assists for the Clippers at the half on 3-of-7 shooting. Caron Butler has nine points for LA, while Blake Griffin has eight points and three rebounds. The Clippers made 7-of-10 three-pointers in the first half.

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Clippers Vs. Nuggets Score Update: Denver Leads By 12 After One Quarter

The Los Angeles Clippers' place in the Western Conference playoffs is secure, but the Denver Nuggets aren't so lucky. The Nuggets entered tonight as winners of back-to-back games and in seventh place in the West, with three teams vying for the final two spots. After a quarter tonight, the Nuggets are up 34-22 at the Pepsi Center.

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Point guard Ty Lawson has nine points and five assists on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor. Al Harrington came off the bench to score seven points in five minutes. Center Kosta Koufos had six points and five rebounds at the end of the first period.

Small forward Caron Butler had nine points for the Clippers. Chris Paul has six points and three assists. Shooting guard Randy Foye has five points on 2-of-5 shooting.

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Wilson Chandler Injury: Nuggets Forward Will Miss Remainder Of Season, Return For 2012-2013

Wilson Chandler's 2011-2012 season was a forgettable one. The forward spent the first part of the lockout-shortened season in China, before returning to the Denver Nuggets. Chandler's season will end after only playing in eight games for Denver this season. He'll miss the rest of the season with hip surgery, but will be ready to return for next season.

Chandler returned to play seven minutes against the Houston Rockets on April 15.

Chandler averaged 9.4 points per game for Denver this season.

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Clippers Vs. Nuggets: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Denver Nuggets play the Los Angeles Clippers for the final time during the 2012 regular season on Wednesday night. The Nuggets are 1-2 against the Clippers this season, splitting the road games and losing the first home game of the season series. That 112-91 victory over the Clippers came on Feb. 2, setting off a lose month for the team. The Nuggets went on to lost the next five games and then 10 overall in the month.

But the Nuggets enter this contest with wins in four of their last five games, losing only to the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday. The current two-games winning streak has come about as a result of defeating the Houston Rockets in a home-and-home series on Sunday and Monday. That has propelled the Nuggets to the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference standings. Depending on how things turn out, a move to the No. 5 spot isn't totally out of the question.

The Clippers are on a four-game winning streak and have already locked down a spot in the playoffs, currently seeded at No. 4. Impressively, the first and fourth wins of this streak are home-and-home victories over the No. 2 seed Oklahoma City Thunder.

Game time/date: 7:00 p.m. MT, Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

TV: Altitude

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Nuggets Vs. Rockets Final Score: Denver Wins 105-102

The Denver Nuggets outlasted the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on Monday night, coming away with a crucial 105-102 victory. The Nuggets entered the night in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, the Rockets entered in eighth. The win lifts George Karl's team to 34-27, while the Rockets fall to 32-29.

Shooting guard Arron Afflalo scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting and grabbed five rebounds to led the Nuggets. Point guard Ty Lawson had 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Al Harrington added 15 points and eight rebounds for Denver. Corey Brewer had 11 points for the Nuggets.

Goran Dragic scored 21 points and dished out seven assists to lead Houston. Courtney Lee had 18 points for the Rockets. Rookie forward Chandler Parsons ended with 21 points and three rebounds on 8-of-15 shooting.

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Nuggets Vs. Rockets Score Update: Denver Leads By 1 Going Into Final Quarter

The Denver Nuggets out-scored the Houston Rockets 31-23 in the third quarter to grab a 75-74 lead heading into the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The two teams entered the game in the final two spots in the Western Conference playoff race.

Denver was led by shooting guard Arron Afflalo, who ends the third with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Ty Lawson has 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting for the Nuggets. Danilo Gallinari (11 points) and JaVale McGee (nine points) have also played well for George Karl's team.

Houston is led by Courtney Lee, who has 18 points and five rebounds. Point guard Goran Dragic has 16 points and five assists. Rookie forward Chandler Parsons has 11 points for Houston.

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Nuggets Vs. Rockets Score Update: Denver Trails By 7 At Halftime

The Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets are playing tonight at the Toyota Center with playoff implications on the line. At the end of the second quarter, the Rockets are leading 51-44.

Houston is being led by Courtney Lee, who has 12 points and three rebounds. Forward Chandler Parsons has 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Luis Scola (eight points) and Goran Dragic (seven points) have also been instrumental for the Rockets.

Arron Afflalo has 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting for Denver. Ty Lawson has 12 points for the Nuggets on 4-of-7 shooting. JaVale McGee (seven points) and Danilo Gallinari (six points) also helped pace the offense for Denver.

The Nuggets finished the first half shooting just 35 percent (16-of-45) from the floor. Houston is shooting 45 percent from the floor on 51 attempts, but are just 4-of-14 from three-point range.

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Wilson Chandler Injury: Nuggets Forward Won't Play On Monday Night

Wilson Chandler returned to the court on Sunday but was still hampered by a hip injury, and he's going to be held out against the Houston Rockets on Monday night, according to the Post's Chris Dempsey.

Related: Nuggets vs. Rockets: After Sunday Victory Over Houston, Denver Tries For One More

Chandler logged just seven minutes on Sunday night and missed both of his field goal attempts. Prior to that appearance, he had missed seven consecutive games. Since signing a deal with Denver, Chandler has appeared in eight games, starting in six of those.

He's averaging 9.4 points per game this season.

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Nuggets vs. Rockets: After Sunday Victory Over Houston, Denver Tries For One More

At the conclusion of Monday night's game vs. the Houston Rockets, the Denver Nuggets could be eighth seed in the Western Conference, or they could be the sixth seed. Such is life in the West, where fifth through eighth seeds are separated by merely three games. The Nuggets did themselves a favor on Sunday night by defeating the Rockets 101-86, thus vaulting themselves into the No. 7 seed.

A win on Monday night would put two games of distance between them and Houston with five games remaining, and they could jump into the sixth slot if the Dallas Mavericks fall to the Utah Jazz on Monday. A loss, on the other hand, would mean that the Nuggets and Rockets would both have a 33-28 record, but the Rockets would hold the tiebreaker due to Denver's dismal conference record.

In Sunday night's game, the Nuggets put up one of their best defensive performances in weeks, holding the Rockets to just 37% shooting as a team. Denver also got a huge performance from Arron Afflalo, who scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half.

Game date/time: Monday, April 16, 6:00 p.m. MT

Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Tex.

TV: ALT

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Nuggets Schedule 2012: Denver To Face Four Tough Opponents

The Denver Nuggets have no cupcakes this week as they fight for playoff position, which may actually be a good thing considering recent losses to the Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Hornets and Golden State Warriors. The Nuggets will face three teams within a few games of them in the West standings, plus an Eastern conference powerhouse.

Monday, April 16: at Houston Rockets (6:00 p.m. MT, ALT)

The Nuggets beat the Rockets by 15 on Sunday night in Denver to jump above them and into the No. 7 slot in the West, but Monday night's game remains a large one. If the Rockets get back a win, the two teams will once again be tied. But if Denver wins, they'll find themselves up two games on the Rockets with five to play.

Wednesday, April 18: at Los Angeles Clippers (7:00 p.m. MT, ALT)

It's unlikely that the Nuggets can catch the Clippers— who currently occupy the West's fourth seed— but if anything this game will be a solid measuring stick for Denver, as they go up against a team that some consider to be a legitimate NBA Finals contender.

Saturday, April 21: at Phoenix Suns (3:30 p.m. MT, ALT/ESPN)

The Suns are currently a game back of Houston for the eighth seed and two back of Denver for the seventh, so this game could have serious playoff implications. If the Suns have a rough week, Denver may have a chance to put the final nail in their coffin, or they may find themselves furiously fighting back the streaking Suns.

Sunday, April 22: vs Orlando Magic (6:00 p.m. MT, ALT)

The Nuggets will supposedly be without star center Dwight Howard, who is sitting out with a back injury, but they may be forced to throw him into the action if their position in the East standings begins to slip any further.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage, head over to Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs. And for updates from around the league, check out SB Nation's NBA news hub.


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