Denver Nuggets clinch playoff spot, 3rd in the Western Conference

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Denver Nuggets guard PJ Dozier, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, May 3, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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DENVER (KDVR) — The Denver Nuggets officially announced the team clinched a playoff spot before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday night.

After the loss Monday night, the Nuggets are 43-22 and in the third place spot in the Western Conference and four games behind the conference-leading Utah Jazz.

Anthony Davis scored 25 points and had key plays on both ends of the floor in the final minute as the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 93-89 victory over the Nuggets.

The Lakers led by 14 points midway through the fourth quarter before the Nuggets got within 89-87 with a late rally.

Davis hit a jumper with 41.8 seconds remaining to give the Lakers a 91-87 lead.

Nikola Jokic hit a pair of free throws to cut it in half but Talen Horton-Tucker though hit a reverse layup with 15.1 seconds left to push the advantage up to four.

After a Denver timeout, Davis blocked Facundo Campazzo’s 3-point attempt to end any hopes of a Nuggets’ comeback and end their five-game winning streak.

With Jamal Murray out indefinitely, the team is leaning on Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. to take them the distance.

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