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NBA: Denver 118, Phoenix 107

April 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM

PHOENIX, April 21 (UPI) -- Ty Lawson went 5-for-5 from 3-point range en route to 29 points Saturday and Denver clinched a playoff berth with a 118-107 victory over Phoenix.

Lawson finished 10-of-16 from the field overall and distributed 10 assists for the Nuggets, who hold the seventh seed in Western Conference and wrapped up their ninth straight postseason berth.

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Kenneth Faried added 18 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.

Shannon Brown drained six 3-pointers and finished with 28 points for Phoenix, which came into the contest with a one-game lead over Utah for the West's eighth and final playoff spot.

The Suns' Channing Frye left with an injured shoulder in the second quarter and did not return.

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