>>Nuggets Edge Blazers
(Denver, CO) — Nikola Jokic’s [[ KNEE-coe-lah yo-kitch ]] triple-double performance helped the Nuggets edge the Trail Blazers 88-82 in Denver. Jokic finished with 15 points, 20 rebounds, and 11 assists and Will Barton scored 22 to pace the Nuggets. Jamal Murray and Gary Harris pitched in with 12 points apiece in the winning effort. Denver improved to 46-and-35 and will face Minnesota in its finale tomorrow with the final playoff spot in the West on the line.
>>Padres Slip Past Rockies
(Denver, CO) — Starting pitcher Clayton Richard smacked a three-run homer in a five-run fourth inning as the Padres slipped past the Rockies 7-6 in the opener of a three-game set at Coors Field. Chris Iannetta, Carlos Gonzalez and Ian Desmond all went deep for the Rockies. Jon Gray was tagged for seven runs in five frames as he fell to 1-and-2 with the loss. Colorado is 5-and-6.
>>Rockies Continue Series With Padres
(Denver, CO) — The Rockies continue their three-game series with the Padres tonight at Coors Field. Tyler Anderson will get the start still seeking his first win. San Diego will send out rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi.
>>Avs Open Playoffs Thursday In Nashville
(Nashville, TN) — The Avalanche begin their first round playoff series with the Predators on Thursday with Game One in Nashville. Game Two of the best-of-seven series is Saturday also in Nashville, before the series shifts to the Pepsi Center for Game’s Three and Four next week. The Avs grabbed the final wild card in the West with 95 points. The Preds led the entire NHL with 117 points.