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Monday, April 11, 2011

Lawson rains in 3s as Nuggets beat T-Wolves

DENVER (AP) Just keep shooting those 3s, Raymond Felton implored Ty Lawson.

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Writing's on the wall: Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin, right, celebrates with teammate Gary Forbes near the end of their 130-106 win over the Timberwolves on Saturday. AP PHOTO

Except for that last one.

Lawson made his first 10 3-pointers Saturday night on his way to a career-high 37 points in leading the short-handed Denver Nuggets to a 130-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Lawson became the first player in NBA history to start a game with 10 straight 3-point conversions but missed out on another record by finally missing from behind the arc.

"Keep shooting," Felton recounted telling Lawson. "A guy's hot like that, you've got to feed him the ball. That's why I just took over the point, told him to go down the court, you can run the 2, come off all these screens, just set up, we'll find you.

"I love it. Raining 3s like that, it's fun to watch."

Lawson missed a running 28-foot heave, though, as the third quarter ended with Denver ahead 101-69, finishing 10-for-11 from behind the arc.

"I told him not to," Felton said. "Don't shoot not crazy shot over there. But he wasn't aware, though."

Lawson had no idea that had he just stopped shooting 3s, he'd have been in the NBA record books for most 3-point conversions without a miss. Latrell Sprewell went 9-for-9 from behind the arc for the New York Knicks in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers in 2003.

"Every time I threw it, it went in, except for that last one," Lawson said. "Even that last one I missed, I thought that one was going in."

Felton knew it wouldn't, that's why he implored him not to try it.

"Naw, for what?" Felton said. "He was 10 for 10. Not that one, no."

"Well, the crowd was like, 'Shoot it!' " Lawson said. "So, I didn't want to disappoint the fans, so I shot it anyway."

Spurs 111, Jazz 102

In San Antonio, Richard Jefferson scored 20 points and the Spurs began resting up with the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference secured.

The Spurs (61-19) have two games left and are 1 1/2 games ahead of Chicago for the NBA's best record. DeJuan Blair had 12 points starting in place of Antonio McDyess, who got the night off. Coach Gregg Popovich said he won't be overplaying anybody through the next week.

Al Jefferson led Utah with 23 points. The Jazz lost for the 10th time in 11 games, unable to pull a second upset this week after beating the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bucks 108, Cavaliers 101

In Milwaukee, Drew Gooden had his first career triple-double and John Salmons scored 32 points for the Bucks.

Gooden had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for the Bucks, hitting double-digits in all three stat categories in the middle of the third quarter.

Baron Davis scored 19 points and Ramon Sessions added 15 for the Cavaliers in a matchup between two teams that have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Rockets 99, Clippers 78

In Houston, Chase Budinger, Kevin Martin and Brad Miller scored 16 points apiece and Chuck Hayes had 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Rockets.

Goran Dragic had 14 points, seven assists and a career-high 10 rebounds in his first start for Houston since he was acquired from Phoenix at the trade deadline.

The Rockets played well one night after they were eliminated from playoff contention. They also played without injured starters Kyle Lowry (bone bruise in left foot) and Luis Scola (sore left knee).

Wizards 115, Hawks 83

In Washington, Andray Blatche scored 23 points, John Wall had 19, and the Wizards dealt playoff-bound Atlanta its fourth straight loss.

The reeling Hawks, who are set to play Orlando in the first round, are heading into the postseason in less than ideal shape.

The Wizards broke a 12-game losing streak against Atlanta, have won four of six and are probably playing their best this season. They have just 10 healthy players — including five rookies and three who played in the NBA D-League this season.

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