Nuggets edge Bucks, clinch home-court advantage

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Updated: April 16, 2013

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Ty Lawson’s runner with 9.3 seconds remaining
lifted the Denver Nuggets to a 112-111 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the
Bradley Center to clinch home-court advantage in the upcoming NBA playoffs.

Monta Ellis, who dropped a game-high 38 points on 14-of-25 from the field, put
the Bucks up by one with a four-point play with 14.2 left on the clock before
Lawson came back down and won it for Denver. J.J. Redick’s 3-point try at the
buzzer was off the mark.

Lawson paced Denver with 26 points and seven assists. Wilson Chandler netted
21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, Andre Iguodala stuffed the stat
sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds and seven helpers while JaVale McGee
corralled 17 rebounds off the bench.

“It was a tough back-and-forth game,” Lawson said. “For us to win this game
and get home court makes our chances a lot better getting to the second
round.”

Redick hit four triples en route to 20 points off the bench for Milwaukee,
which has already secured the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. John
Henson went for 14 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots while Ersan
Ilyasova also contributed a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.

The fourth quarter featured 12 lead changes and three ties before Denver
pulled ahead with 5:41 remaining, 98-92, following a McGee free throw.
Milwaukee stormed right back with eight straight from Ellis to keep it close.

“Ellis has been a warrior for us all year,” Bucks interim head coach Jim
Boylan said. “There’s not many guys in the league that can do what he does.”

Denver led by as many as 10 points late in the third period before allowing
the Bucks back in the game. Milwaukee ended the stanza on a 6-0 run.

The Nuggets headed into halftime leading 56-53 despite both teams shooting
below 44 percent from the field.

Lawson wasted no time getting involved in the action, scoring 12 points as the
Nuggets led 32-26 after the opening 12 minutes.

Game Notes

Brandon Jennings shot 1-of-11 for four points for Milwaukee … Evan Fournier
had 12 points for Denver, giving him six double digit scoring games this
season and four in the month of April … Denver outrebounded the Bucks,
40-26.