Nuggets crush Spurs...Magic in playoff position...Pacers, Celtics win...Blues 1 off division lead
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets clobbered the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday to climb within 1 ½ games of Golden State for the top seed in the NBA’s Western Conference. Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kihch) scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out nine of Denver’s season-high 41 assists in a 113-85 thrashing of the Spurs. San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich became the first NBA coach in seven years to be ejected two minutes into a game when he received two technical fouls 63 seconds after the opening tip.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Orlando Magic have pulled into a tie with Brooklyn for the final two playoff slots in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of Miami and a half-game behind Detroit. Nikola Vucevic (NEE’-koh-lah VOO’-cheh-vihch) had 29 points and 13 rebounds in the Magic’s 114-100 win over the New York Knicks. Terrence Ross finished with 23 points off the bench, while Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon had 19 points apiece for Orlando.
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers remain in a virtual tie for fourth place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference after both teams won on Wednesday. Gordon Hayward contributed 25 points and Kyrie Irving added 23 to send the Celtics to a 112-102 victory at Miami. Thaddeus Young scored 21 points and the Pacers ended a 10-game road losing streak by dumping the Pistons, 108-89.
CHICAGO (AP) — The St. Louis Blues are within a point of Winnipeg and Nashville for first place in the NHL’s Central Division. Jonathan Toews (tayvz) scored the lone shootout goal in the Blackhawks’ 4-3 triumph over St. Louis. Toews also scored in regulation while Chicago built a 3-1 lead, but David Perron (peh-RAHN’) closed the cap with a power-play goal midway through the third period before Tyler Bozak tied it with 39 seconds left in regulation.
MIAMI (AP) — Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom still hasn’t allowed a run in two starts this season after scattering three hits over seven innings of the New York Mets’ fifth win in six games, 6-4 at Miami. DeGrom struck out a career-high 14 and belted a solo homer while the Mets were building a 6-0 lead. He also extended the NL’s longest active scoreless streak to 26 innings and allowed less than four runs for the 31st consecutive start, extending his big league record.