Ty Lawson scored 26 points, including a jumper in the lane with 9.3 seconds left, and 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 night.
Wilson Chandler added 21 points for the Nuggets, who can secure the No. 3 seed in the West with one more victory or two losses by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Milwaukee lost its season-high fifth game in a row despite Monta Ellis scoring 38 points, one shy of his season high.
Ellis' four-point play with 14.2 seconds left gave the Bucks a 111-110 lead. Ellis, who had 19 fourth-quarter points, drilled a 3-pointer from the right side and made a free throw after he was fouled by Evan Fournier.
After a timeout, Lawson caught the inbounds pass in front of Milwaukee's bench. With Ellis guarding him, Lawson drove to his right and pulled up in the lane to hit his winning shot.
J.J. Reddick, who contributed 20 points for the Bucks, missed a 3-pointer from the ...