DENVER – Ultimately, the Boston Celtics discovered a technique to get a win within the closing moments.
Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his 27 factors within the fourth quarter, Jaylen Brown hit a go-ahead Three-pointer with 34 seconds remaining and the struggling Celtics edged the Denver Nuggets 111-110 on Monday night time regardless of blowing an enormous lead.
It was solely Boston’s second victory in seven video games.
“I assumed we have been gassed on the finish of the sport,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens mentioned. “We missed some defensive assignments, and I assumed we missed some good alternatives on offense, however they discovered a means.”
The Celtics had struggled in tight video games over the past two weeks, with three losses in video games determined by 4 factors or fewer, together with most just lately a 109-105 loss to Golden State on Saturday. Denver almost added to their distress.
After Irving’s miss with seven seconds to go, the Nuggets – not utilizing a timeout – raced up the courtroom and bought a have a look at the buzzer, however Torrey Craig’s tip-in of Will Barton’s lengthy try from Three-point vary was too late.
Afterward, Denver coach Michael Malone defended his determination to not use a timeout to set one thing up.
“(We) bought a cease, did not need them to set their protection,” Malone mentioned. “Will Barton has made performs like that earlier than for us and I stand by that call.”
Irving completed 11 of 17 from the sphere to guide the Celtics. Jayson Tatum added 20 factors and Marcus Morris had 14 off the bench.
Boston blew a 20-point lead and trailed heading into the ultimate interval. Then the Celtics could not maintain onto a six-point benefit within the closing two minutes because the Nuggets tied the sport at 108 with 43 seconds to go.
Moments later, although, Al Horford fed Brown for the decisive Three. The second-year small ahead had missed his first 4 Three-point makes an attempt.
“I used to be like, no means I am lacking this one,” Brown mentioned. “I used to be open. Every thing that occurred earlier than did not matter. I needed to make the shot.”
Nikola Jokic had a double-double by the primary minute of the second half for Denver, ending with 24 factors and 11 rebounds. Barton scored 19, Gary Harris 15 and Jamal Murray 14.
Mason Plumlee had 16 factors and eight rebounds earlier than leaving with a strained proper calf within the fourth.
“We might have beat a very good and difficult group, however we did not,” Jokic mentioned. “We had an opportunity, however we did not take it.”
The Celtics beat Denver for the second time this season, additionally prevailing 124-118 on Dec. 13.
On this one, Boston made 10 of its first 16 pictures from past the arc to go up 51-31 within the second quarter and led 56-45 at halftime. Irving paved the best way with 15 factors on 6-of-7 capturing.
The Nuggets climbed again on the power of a 14-5 run to finish the half and outscored Boston 37-24 within the third to go up 82-80.
Celtics: G Terry Rozier performed regardless of spraining his proper ankle at Golden State and scored eight factors off the bench. The backup guard has performed in each recreation this season. … Daniel Theis had 11 factors and Horford scored 10.
Nuggets: Jokic has recorded a double-double in 20 of his previous 40 video games. … F Wilson Chandler sat out with an sickness. He’d been coping with migraine signs since leaving within the first half of Saturday’s win over Dallas. … F Kenneth Faried performed for the primary time in 4 video games and had zero factors and 5 rebounds in 5 minutes.
Denver’s beginning heart left the locker room on crutches and isn’t anticipated to play Tuesday at San Antonio.
“It should be actually laborious,” Jokic mentioned. “He’s an enormous a part of our group, simply because he’s an enormous man who’s mild, robust, who can defend all people, who can rebound for us. So it will be robust, however we have to go with out him.”
Irving had the new hand for many of the night time, however the large shot went to Brown. Irving was assured in his teammate.
“I am glad it fell in (Brown’s) arms tonight and he was capable of knock it in,” Irving mentioned. “I am simply happy with the man.”
Brown completed with 9 factors.
Celtics: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday to open a three-game homestand.
Nuggets: On the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, trying to finish a 10-game dropping streak at AT&T Middle.
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