Six players scored in double figures, including Thaddeus Young with 16 points and Darren Collison with 13. But San Antonio moved ahead for good with 5:54 to play.
Even if it led to a few anxious seconds.
Kyle Anderson also had a big night finishing with 18 points, a regular season career-high. The Celtics need to be reminded of what it is like to play a full game well, and doing that against these opponents should mean big victories in both games. "Mike (Malone, Nuggets coach) does a great job with them". "But against the best team in the Eastern Conference, we gave ourselves a chance to win".
As a team, the Celtics finished the night, shooting 47 percent from the field and from three, with the Nuggets shooting 45 percent from the field and 30 percent from three.
It was a welcome change for San Antonio, which was in an offensive rut in its two previous games of a five-game homestand.
The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 201 points with San Antonio set as a 6-point favorite. "Sharing the ball, playing defense and just playing together". "They came back and hit us in the mouth".
The narrow loss was Denver's second in as many nights to two of the NBA's best teams, following a 111-110 home defeat against Boston. The usually stellar Nuggets back court combination of Jamal Murray and Gary Harris were mostly invisible, combining for 29 points on 41.5% shooting (including an abysmal 17.2% from 3). Jamal Murray hit a tough leaner with a sliver more than 28 seconds left, cutting the Celtics' lead to one.
Dwight Howard had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Nicolas Batum made five threes and finished with 22 points for Charlotte.
After the game, Kanter, asked about the possibility of replacing the injured Kevin Love on the LeBron James All-Star team, laughed and said, "I might ask for a trade".
Things started to brighten up for the Celtics when Irving kisses one off the glass, with Horford knocking down a three on the next procession, giving them a 108-102 lead with a little more than two minutes to play. The good news is that they can use this time to build the habits that allow them to win consistently, then getting their point guards back can push them on a great run. I just wanted to bait him into taking a jumper rather than let him get to the basket and put something up. "It just didn't fall". He followed up his triple-double against the Mavericks with 24 points, 11 boards, and five assists last night against the Celtics. It set the tone for a back-and-forth, high-scoring duel. I knew it was coming. "So, hats off to them".
". We have to learn to win these games, and I'm sure we will".
DENVER (AP) - At last, the Boston Celtics found a way to get a win in the closing moments.
"Al's the type of guy who makes the right play". Plumlee remained in Denver for an MRI while the team flew to San Antonio.
Spurs defense - It's hardly ideal for a tired Nuggets team to go back on the road to face that formidable Spurs defense. Wilson Chandler was available to play but did not enter the game after being listed as probable with an illness.
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