Nuggets clinch playoff spot with win over Celtics
The Denver Nuggets clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2012-13 with a 114-105 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday.
Denver (47-22) is just the second Western Conference team to secure a place in the postseason in 2018-19. The Golden State Warriors is the other.
With 114-105 victory tonight in BOS, @nuggets clinch the #NBAPlayoffs! #MileHighBasketball— NBA (@NBA) March 19, 2019
Nikola Jokic: 21 PTS, 13 REB, 7 AST
Will Barton: 20 PTS
Gary Harris: 16 PTS (4 3PM) pic.twitter.com/dQoajgRySy
The Nuggets had plenty of scoring, as seven of their players reached double-digits in points. Nikola Jokic led the pack with 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists on the night.
On the other side, Kyrie Irving poured in a game-high 30 points.
Denver extended its winning streak to four games with the victory. Boston had won two straight, but will have to start over against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
George top scores in defeat
Paul George tallied 31 points and nine rebounds in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 116-107 loss to the Miami Heat.
Stephen Curry accumulated 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as Golden State lost to the San Antonio Spurs, 111-105.
Collin Sexton scored a game-high 27 points to help his Cleveland Cavaliers take down the Detroit Pistons, 126-119.
Hezonja off target in Raptor loss
Mario Hezonja scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in the New York Knicks' 128-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Ingles, Nurkic with big plays
Joe Ingles nailed this step back jumper in the Utah Jazz's 116-95 victory over the Washington Wizards.
SKRRRT pic.twitter.com/VS5XPxK0aJ— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 19, 2019
Jusuf Nurkic climbed the ladder in the Portland Trail Blazer's 69-60 win against the Indiana Pacers.
JUSUUUFFFFFFFFF pic.twitter.com/gFA1zatMcy— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 19, 2019
Brooklyn Nets (36-36) at Sacramento Kings (34-35) 10 p.m. ET — Brooklyn and Sacramento are two of the NBA's most exciting young teams. The Nets are in the playoff picture, while the Kings will have to fight to make the postseason in the West. Regardless of the standings, these squads will both bring plenty of intensity on Tuesday.