Ty Lawson has set a goal for the Denver Nuggets as they close the regular season: eighteen wins.

Denver took a step in the right direction Saturday night, pulling away from the Charlotte Bobcats in the fourth quarter for a 113-99 win that snapped a four-game road losing streak.

Lawson had a team-high 20 points, marking the 13th time in 19 games he’s reached the 20-point plateau, and JaVale McGee had 17 points, including seven of his team’s 14 dunks.

”If we get to 53 or 54 (wins) I think that we’ll get that fourth seed” in the playoffs, Lawson said. ”But we know it’s going to be a grind for the next couple weeks, couple months.”

Perhaps not - if Lawson keeps playing the way he has.

Nuggets coach George Karl said Lawson has developed a better understanding of the rhythm of the game and is becoming more assertive in running the offense. He also said Lawson is gaining confidence with his jumper - something he didn’t have earlier this season.

The rest, Karl said, might be out of his hands.

– Reported by Steve Reed of the Associated Press