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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 03:26

Game #35 Recap: Denver Nuggets Crush Boston Celtics, 129-98

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Denver Nuggets 129, Boston Celtics 98 The Celtics entered tonight's contest against the Nuggets as the losers of four straight games. Boston has desperately been looking to get back on track, though it became apparent very early in the game that the Nuggets would make it impossible for the Celtics to regain their footing tonight in Denver. Tonight was the Nuggets' game from start to finish.  Denver made two shots for every one Boston shot for the majority of the first quarter. Following a three pointer from Nugget's Randy Foye, which put Denver up by 11 (20-9), the Celtics were able to go on a mid-quarter 10-2 run against the Nuggets, with eight of those points coming from Jeff Green. Though the Celtics had cut the Nuggets' lead to three points (3-0), the Celtics were unable to keep up as the Nuggets responded with a 9-0 run of their own, giving the Nuggets a 12-point advantage (31-19).  A lose ball foul on Darrell Arthur sent Kelly Olynyk to the free-throw line to shoot two. Olynyk made both free-throws, followed by a jumper from newest Celtic Jared Bayless, with .6 seconds left on the clock, which cut Denver's lead to eight (31-23) heading into the second quarter. Denver came out shooting in the second quarter, going on a 8-0 run while Boston missed their first couple shots accompanied by a blocking foul on Olynyk, allowing Denver's lead to grow to 19 points. Boston then went on their own 8-0 run, followed by a 10-2 Denver run and a 10-0 Denver run to end the second quarter. The Nuggets outscored the Celtics 37-22 in the second quarter as they headed into halftime with a 23-point lead (68-45). The third quarter was uneventful, as the Celtics and Nuggets exchanged shots, until a little more than three minutes into the quarter when Jared Sullinger committed his second flagrant foul, resulting in his ejection from the game. A second ejection came later in the third quarter when Denver's coach Brian Shaw picked up his second technical foul of the game. Boston Celtic Keith Bogans, who has been struggling for playing time, hit two consecutive three pointers to end the third quarter. Bogans efforts helped the Celtics, as Boston was only outscored by two points in the third quarter (35-33); however, the Celtics had already dug a deep hole for themselves by this point and entered the final quarter down by 25 points (103-78). This game was pretty much a done deal by the fourth quarter. Boston missed their first three shots to start the quarter while neither team was able to score for over three minutes (10:36-7:14).  Boston and Denver exchanged meaningless shots as it was apparent that Boston had no chance of getting back in this game.  The Nuggets won tonight against the Celtics by 31 points with a final score of 129-98 as Boston records their fifth consecutive loss. Randy Foye and Kenneth Faried were the point leaders for the Nuggets tonight, Foye with 23 points and Faried with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while Jeff Green and Brandon Bass led Boston, Green with 17 points and Bass with 15. The Celtics will head to L.A. to face the Clippers tomorrow night.   

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