Celtics stun Nuggets with big 4th quarter run


Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum
The Celtics ended the sport on a 40-8 run and completely flipped the script on the Nuggets within the fourth quarter. (AP/David Zalubowski)

The Nuggets melted down on the worst time on Sunday afternoon.

Denver, after main the Celtics for many of the contest at Ball Enviornment, shut down on the finish of the third quarter. Naturally, Boston took full benefit.

The Celtics ended the sport on a 40-8 run to surge forward late, all whereas holding Denver to only eight factors within the fourth quarter, to beat the Nuggets 105-87.

“I believed everybody who performed in that final quarter-hour performed nice protection,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens mentioned, . “We went to a unique stage. We had been bodily and had been attacking. We went to switching and our guys did a very good job of that.”

Celtics finish recreation on 40-8 run

The Nuggets gave up 5 straight factors to begin the sport on Sunday afternoon, however then responded with a fast 16-0 run of their very own to take full management of the competition — one thing they saved effectively into the third quarter.

That, although, is when their offense abruptly stopped. After a Facundo Campazzo 3-pointer put them up by 14 factors with simply greater than two minutes left within the third quarter, Denver went greater than 4 minutes with out scoring a bucket — fully opening the door for the Celtics.

Earlier than they knew it, Boston had mounted a large 31-3 run and brought a 14-point lead of their very own.

By the point the ultimate buzzer rang, Boston closed out the sport with a 32-point swing to safe the 18-point win — its third straight after a comeback win over the New York Knicks and an time beyond regulation victory in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“All the nice groups that I’ve been round can come again and win,” Stevens mentioned, . “So that you come again in every of the final three video games and win, down within the fourth quarter in all of the video games, that’s encouraging.”

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 28 factors and 10 rebounds, and Jaylen Brown dropped 20 factors whereas taking pictures 8-of-15 from the sphere. As a workforce, Boston shot practically 45% from the sphere.

Michael Porter Jr. led the Nuggets with 22 factors and 11 rebounds, and Nikola Jokic dropped a triple-double with 17 factors, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. The loss snapped an eight-game win streak for Denver, its longest this season.

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