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NBA Game Summary - Denver at Boston

(Wednesday, November 7th)

Final Score: Boston 119, Denver 93

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Kevin Garnett scored 23 points and raked in 13 rebounds, leading Boston's "Big Three" as the Celtics stomped the Denver Nuggets, 119-93.

Paul Pierce scored 26 points, and Ray Allen added 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the Celtics, who shot a sizzling 64.5 percent from the field on the way to their third straight win to start the season. Rajon Rondo score 14 points, and Eddie House added 11 points for Boston, which led by 39 points at the half.

Garnett also had seven assists and four of Boston's 20 steals.

"Obviously I'm happy with the outcome," said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, who returned to the team after missing a game due to the death of his father. "I thought the first half was really good. I mean, defensively I was ecstatic with how we played with the energy... Didn't like the way the game ended, honestly. Too many turnovers for us, too many fouls for us. Other than that, not a lot to complain about.

Allen Iverson scored 22 points to lead the Nuggets, who have dropped three straight after winning two in a row to start the season. Marcus Camby scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Nuggets. Kenyon Martin finished with 12 points, and Carmelo Anthony was held to 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting.

"From the start, they jumped right on us and they were able to take care of business," Iverson said of the Celtics. "You have a couple of games like this throughout the year that you have to deal with and we are just glad it's early rather than late in the season."

A Martin layup pulled the Nuggets within 14-13 with 7:25 left in the first quarter, but that was as close as Denver would get. The Celts ran out on a 17-5 stretch, closed by a Garnett fadeaway that posted Boston to a 31-18 lead with 2:24 left, and the Celts took a 38-22 lead into the second quarter.

Boston blew the Nuggets off the court in the second quarter. The Celtics opened the quarter with a 14-2 run, with eight points from House, including a layup with 7:31 left that made it a 52-25 game.

The Celts closed the quarter on a 24-6 stretch, including a Pierce three in the final minute, and a House three in the final seconds, and Boston took a commanding 77-38 lead into the break.

The Celtics pushed their lead to 41 points in the third quarter, after Allen drilled a three-pointer and Garnett sank a free throw, giving Boston an 89-48 lead with 5:06 left. The score stood at 103-66 at the end of the third quarter, and the Celtics opened their bench for the fourth quarter, giving their stars a much-deserved rest.

"I'm going to say this each and every day man, we are trying to build something," Pierce said. "It�s only the third game. This is a process we are going through. It�s going to be every day, we can't get bored with it, we have to continue to go out and play hard.. Today was a good win. The focus every night is going to be on me, Kevin and Ray. So these guys are well aware of that, they're ready. They're more than ready. That�s why you see Kendrick (Perkins) open underneath for wide open baskets. That�s why Rondo get wide open layups."

Game Notes

Celtics forward James Posey left in the second quarter with lower back spasms, and will be further evaluated...Denver forward Nene left early in the game with a left thumb sprain, and will undergo an MRI when the team returns to Denver...Boston outrebounded Denver 38-27.

11/08 01:12:42 ET

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