NBA Game Summary - Denver at Boston
(Friday, December 15th)
Final Score: Boston 119, Denver 114
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce, Tony Allen and Al Jefferson combined for 96 points, as the Boston Celtics had a banner shooting night from their big three, on the way to a 119-114 win over the Denver Nuggets.
Pierce ended with 38 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, while Allen had a career-best 30 points and also corralled eight boards. Jeferson had 28 points and 10 rebounds. The three combined to shoot 35-for-49 from the field, with the team ending the evening at 56 percent, on the way to their season- high fourth straight victory.
"Everyone is just giving of themselves," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. "That's how we have to play. We can create match-ups and we can create traps. What we have to do is then trust each other to move the ball."
Carmelo Anthony posted 42 points on 15-of-26 shooting for the Nuggets, who have lost back-to-back contests for the first time since dropping their opening three games of the season.
"Their big three were pretty incredible," Denver coach George Karl said. "They shoot 75 percent. We never got in control of Allen's penetration. He made a couple of threes that we over-reacted to. And Jefferson probably had his most impressive game I've ever seen him play."
Andre Miller's layup pulled Denver within 94-91 with 6:03 left, but Pierce countered with three free throws and the Celtics widened the margin to 11 points at 106-95 following a Pierce three with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.
Anthony's layup with two seconds remaining made it a three-point game, but Pierce hit two free throws to seal Boston's win.
Wally Szczerbiak added 16 points for the Celtics, who ended 10-of-25 from three-point range.
Miller tallied 18 points and J.R. Smith scored 15.
Boston scored the first eight points, on the way to a 31-17 lead after the opening quarter. It was 64-47 at the half and the Celtics led 85-74 going into the fourth.
Earl Boykins scored 14 and Marcus Camby 11 for Denver...Denver has lost nine of 10 and 15 of its last 17 at Boston.
12/16 00:46:13 ET