The Denver Nuggets are keeping the Boston Celtics at bay through three quarters, holding a one point lead, 61-60 by using a balanced scoring attack. Against the short-handed Celtics, the Nuggets are still determined to try and run, and it’s been working so far. With just 12 minutes to go, and the Celtics working with a rotation that’s about eight deep, conditioning may catch up to Boston as they try to put away the Nuggets.
Four players are in double-figures for the Celtics, led by Paul Pierce’s 15 points. Kevin Garnett has 12 points, Glen Davis has 11 and Ray Allen has 10. Garnett has a double-double already, adding 12 rebounds to his 12 points. Rajon Rondo has just five points, but leads the team with six assists.
Nene still leads the way for Denver with 12 points, followed closely by Kenyon Martin’s 10. Arron Afflalo added eight and Danilo Gallinari, new to the Nuggets after the Carmelo Anthony trade, got on the board in the third with a dunk, his only two points of the game. J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler led the bench scoring effort with nine and eight points respectively.
Stay tuned as the new-look Nuggets try to fend off the short-handed Celtics in Denver, leading 61-60.