NBA wrap: Nuggets clinch playoff spot with win over Celtics

The Nuggets clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2012-13 with a 114-105 victory over the Celtics on Monday.

Denver (47-22) is just the second Western Conference team to secure a place in the postseason in 2018-19. Golden State is the other.

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 76ers on Wednesday.

Studs of the Night

Paul George tallied 31 points and nine rebounds in the Thunder’s 116-107 loss to the Heat.

Stephen Curry accumulated 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as Golden State lost to San Antonio, 111-105.

Collin Sexton scored a game-high 27 points to help his Cavaliers take down the Pistons, 126-119.

Duds of the Night

Mario Hezonja scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in the Knicks’ 128-92 loss to the Raptors.

Kenrich Williams scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in Dallas’ 129-125 overtime loss to New Orleans.

Jamal Crawford managed just five points in 26 minutes as the Suns lost to the Bulls, 116-101.


Joe Ingles nailed this step back jumper in Utah’s 116-95 victory over Washington.

Jusuf Nurkic climbed the ladder in Portland’s 106-98 victory over Indiana.

What’s Next?

Nets (36-36) at 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 Tuesday.