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Ty Lawson scored 26 points, including a jumper in the lane with 9.3 seconds left, as the Denver Nuggets clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 112-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook had 21 before getting ejected in the final 3 minutes and the Oklahoma City Thunder clinched the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the Sacramento Kings 104-95 on Monday night.Upvote Share TweetAl Jefferson had 22 points and eight rebounds to help Utah keep its playoff hopes alive with a 96-80 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.Upvote Share TweetThree weeks ago, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl marveled at his team's depth, suggesting, "we can even sustain injuries and be OK."Upvote Share TweetLos Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups practiced Monday and is expected to start Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Apr 15, 2013The Coach of the Year field is loaded with several worthy candidates. But Ian Thomsen says few have had the impact that George Karl has had in leading the Nuggets this season.Upvote Share TweetHere’s a prime example of Andre Iguodala‘s skill set and athleticism on full display: Against the Portland Trail Blazers, he swoops in to stuff a J.J. Hickson dunk, then flies down the court to finish a Denver fast break with a huge dunk. For breakingUpvote Share Tweet
Nobody knows who will be running, coaching, or playing center for the Timberwolves next yearyahoo.com Updated Apr 15, 2013Another trip to the lottery should be nothing new for Minnesota Timberwolves fans. The team hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2003-04 season, a year that saw championship dreams (and Kevin Garnett’s MVP legacy) shot to bits when Sam Cassell sufferedUpvote Share Tweet
Gary Trent, once a burly NBA power forward, is now a burly school ‘intervention specialist’yahoo.com Updated Apr 15, 2013As a player, Gary Trent was a bad dude. Other members of the eventual Portland Jail Blazers, like Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire, achieved “bad dude” status for (this is not a joke) being caught in a yellow Hummer with pot and empty Smirnoff IceUpvote Share Tweet
Dwight Howard & The Lakers Are 1 Win Away From The Playoffs; The Knicks Dominate A Potential Playoff Previewdimemag.com Updated Apr 15, 2013Can we speak on how Steve Blake dominated Tony Parker last night? Yes? That surprising turn of events was just a small part of a truly wacky game in Los Angeles. The Lakers beat the Spurs, 91-88, and are now just one win away (or one Jazz loss away) fro…Upvote Share Tweet
Thunder Clinch Top Spot In WestApr 15Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 21 before getting ejected as the Thunder beat the Kings to clinch the top seed in the Western Conference.
Jazz Win, Keep Playoff Hopes AliveApr 15Highlight of the night: Al Jefferson leads Jazz past Wolves.
Nuggets Edge Bucks 112-111Apr 15Nuggets top Bucks on Ty Lawson's late shot.
Ian Thomsen: The Case For: George Karl as Coach of the YearApr 15With the end of the regular season fast approaching, we're taking a closer look at each award race. We've already hit on the Sixth Man award, Most Improved and Defensive Player of the Year. Here, Ian Thomsen examines the race for Coach of the Year.
NBA: ESPN Forecast panelApr 15ESPN Forecast panel