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Apr 26, 2011 1:45 AM by Lee Douglas

Lawson scores 27 as Nuggets stay alive

DENVER (AP) - Ty Lawson scored a career playoff-high 27 points and J.R. Smith and Danilo Gallinari hit clutch shots down the stretch to help Denver beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-101 on Monday night as the Nuggets avoided a first-round sweep.

The series resumes Wednesday night with Game 5 in Oklahoma City.

The Nuggets still face a huge challenge in trying to become the first NBA team ever to overcome a 3-0 series deficit, but they finally found a formula for beating their nemesis.

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