The Celtics bounce backed nicely from Friday’s loss to the Jazz with a 121-101 win over the Denver Nuggets. They also got revenge on Denver for what their football team did to Patriots. Two Celtics players had double-doubles. Isaiah Thomas had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Jared Sullinger had 16 points plus 11 assists, and 5 rebounds. The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic had a double-double too, 23 points and 13 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk missed the game due to injury, and is out for 4 weeks.
One thing that really helped the Celtics was some very quick scoring. There was one amazing play where Avery Bradley stole it, who went to Marcus Smart quickly slapped it to Evan Turner who bounced it backward to Bradley who made the shot!!! What a play. On another in the 4th quarter, the Nuggets got a steal then Isaiah Thomas stole it back, quickly shot it to Bradley who made the basket!
Those late game plays led to a 20-10 run that finished the game. They also had a 29-7 run in the first quarter and had a 26-point lead at one point in the first half! They kept a pretty steady lead the whole game, except for a little slip-up with some sloppy play in the 3rd quarter.
There were also some pretty impressive layups and dunka, mostly by Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson and Evan Turner. Avery Bradley also had 20 points, and Evan Turner had 9 rebounds plus 5 assists and 17 points. So, the Celtics had a pretty impressive win. Hopefully they transfer some of this to tomorrow’s game versus the T-Wolves.