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Nuggets beat Suns 118-107, clinch playoff berth

By Bob Baum

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 21 2012 6:03 p.m. MDT

Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson (3) drives past Phoenix Suns' Shannon Brown during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Phoenix.

Matt York, Associated Press

PHOENIX — Ty Lawson went 5 of 5 on 3-pointers and had 29 points and 10 assists to lead Denver to a 118-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday that clinched a playoff berth for the Nuggets.

The Suns fell a half-game behind Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz played at home against Orlando on Saturday night. Phoenix plays at Utah on Tuesday and holds the tiebreaker over the Jazz.

Steve Nash of the Suns had 13 assists, nine in the first quarter, and passed Oscar Robertson into fifth place on the NBA's career list. The Suns lost Channing Frye to a shoulder injury in the second quarter.

Shannon Brown scored 28 points for Phoenix, including a career-best 6 3s.

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