Lawson scored 26 points, including a jumper in the lane with 9.3 seconds left, and the Denver Nuggets clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 112-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.
Lawson added seven assists and five boards.
Lawson was set to return Friday night against Dallas after missing the past five games with a right foot injury. Andre Miller was expected to start, and Nuggets coach George Karl said Lawson would play about 20 minutes.
The fourth-year point guard has played in just one game since March 21 because of a right plantar fasciitis tear. He was in for 20 minutes against San Antonio on March 27 before getting sidelined again. Lawson leads the team at 16.7 points and 6.9 assists per game, and Karl wants him to see action in the final four games before the playoffs.
Lawson had two points and played 19 minutes in Wednesday's 100-99 loss in San Antonio after being listed as a game-time decision due to strained and bruised right heel.
Lawson, who has averaged 21.8 points in his previous 18 games, hadn't played since March 19.
Lawson scored 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting as Denver claimed its 13th straight victory with a 114-104 win at Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
Lawson continues to take his game to a different level this season and is averaging 19.7 points and 6.1 assists during the Nuggets' 13-game winning streak.
Lawson had 22 points in the Denver Nuggets' 119-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.
Lawson has averaged 25.6 points on 52.5 percent shooting and 8.3 assists in his last seven games.
Lawson had 27 points and 12 assists on Friday in a 119-113 loss to Washington.
Lawson has scored 26 points or more in five straight games.
Lawson kept his recent tear going with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in a 97-90 win over Boston on Tuesday night.
Lawson has averaged 27.5 points on 62.1 percent shooting in his last four games. He's shot 11 for 19 from 3-point range during that span.
Lawson led the Nuggets with 26 points and hit all of his five 3-point attempts in Wednesday's 119-108 loss to Brooklyn.
Lawson is averaging 28.0 points and 9.0 rebounds during the team's three-game skid.
Lawson put together another big game with 29 points in a 109-108 loss at Toronto on Tuesday night.
With Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala out, Lawson carried the scoring load. He's had 29 points and nine assists in each of his last two games.
Lawson had 22 points and seven assists to help the Nuggets beat Milwaukee 112-104 on Tuesday night.
Lawson has averaged 20.5 points and has shot 14 for 20 from 3-point range over his last eight games.