Nikola Jokic had 21, 13 bounce back and seven helps, and the Denver Nuggets beat the host Boston Celtics 114-105 on Monday night to secure a playoff compartment.
Will Barton had 20, Gary Harris included 16 and Paul Millsap had 12 and 11 bounce back for Denver, which is back in the postseason out of the blue since 2013.
The Nuggets (47-22) cleared the season arrangement from Boston and outperformed their success aggregate from last season with 13 recreations to go. Denver needs only 10 wins to coordinate the establishment record for a season set in 2012-13.
Kyrie Irving drove the Celtics with an amusement high 30, and Al Horford scored 20. Boston played without Gordon Hayward, who left the Saturday amusement against the Atlanta Hawks with a neck strain.
Goads 111, Warriors 105
DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge included 23 points and 13 bounce back as San Antonio beat visiting Golden State for its ninth win in succession.
The triumph was the Spurs’ eleventh directly at home and ensured San Antonio (42-29) its NBA-record 22nd continuous winning season.
Rudy Gay included 17 for the Spurs. Stephen Curry drove the Warriors with 25, and Kevin Durant counted 24 in his arrival to the lineup in the wake of missing the previous two diversions with a sprained lower leg.
Pelicans 129, Mavericks 124 (OT)
Dirk Nowitzki achieved an achievement, yet his Dallas colleagues neglected to make it a celebratory night, blowing a noteworthy lead in the last 19.1 seconds of guideline as visiting New Orleans hauled out the extra time triumph.
Nowitzki made his initial two shots, both trademark jumpers, in the opening four minutes to outperform Wilt Chamberlain as the NBA’s 6th driving unsurpassed scorer.
Julius Randle completed with an amusement high 30 for New Orleans, and Elfrid Payton recorded his fifth sequential triple-twofold with 19 points (11 coming in the final quarter and extra time), 11 helps and 10 bounce back. Luka Doncic scored a triple-twofold for the Mavericks with 29, 13 bounce back and 10 helps.
Warmth 116, Thunder 107
Goran Dragic hit six 3-pointers and scored 26 points off the seat to lead visiting Miami, and Dwyane Wade scored 25 in his last diversion at Oklahoma City.
James Johnson additionally included 14 points as Miami’s stores outscored Oklahoma City’s 67-10. Dragic had 11 helps. Kelly Olynyk contributed 18 points and nine bounce back to enable the Heat to win for the seventh time in nine amusements.
Oklahoma City was playing without Russell Westbrook, who was suspended subsequent to grabbing his sixteenth specialized foul of the period in a Saturday misfortune to the Golden State Warriors. Paul George drove the Thunder with 31 points, and he got nine bounce back.
Jazz 116, Wizards 95
Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 14 bounce back, and visiting Utah beat Washington. Gobert, the prevailing Western Conference Player of the Week, was 6 of 6 from the field and made 2 of 3 free tosses.
Donovan Mitchell scored 19 and Jae Crowder included 18 for the Jazz. Ricky Rubio had 10 helps.
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Jabari Parker drove Washington with 19, and Bradley Beal, the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, included 15 4-of-12 shooting.
Raptors 128, Knicks 92
Jeremy Lin scored 20 off the seat, Pascal Siakam included 19 and eight bounce back, and Toronto pounded visiting New York.
Kyle Lowry included 15 and eight helps for the Raptors before leaving the diversion with a lower leg damage amid the second from last quarter. He didn’t come back to activity. Fred VanVleet scored 13 and passed out 12 helps for the Raptors, who have won every one of the three gatherings with the Knicks so far this season.
Allonzo Trier scored 22 for the Knicks while Kevin Knox included 12 and Damyean Dotson included 11. New York lost for the ninth time in 10 diversions.
Cavaliers 126, Pistons 119
Freshman Collin Sexton poured in 27, including a thumbs up 3-pointer with under two minutes left, and Cleveland beat visiting Detroit. Cedi Osman provided 21 and six helps for the Cavaliers, who had seven players score in twofold figures.
Brandon Knight contributed 16, four bounce back and five helps, while Nik Stauskas drove the Cleveland seat with 17. Marquese Chriss included a twofold with 10 and 10 bounce back.
Wayne Ellington scored 25 to lead the Pistons, while Andre Drummond had 21 and 21 bounce back. Cylinders All-Star Blake Griffin sat out for simply the third time this season.