Ford Keys to the Game: Celtics at Nuggets
Celtics 105, Nuggets 114
The Celtics fell behind by as many as 20 points in the first quarter of today's game and spent the rest of the afternoon battling from behind.
The good news is that some beautiful ball movement and improved team defense helped Boston fight all the way back to tie the game at 66-66 with 4:56 remaining in the third quarter.
The bad news is that it was all Nuggets from there.
Denver responded to that brief tie with a 6-0 run and finished the third period on a 16-7 run overall. Carmelo Anthony, who scored 23 points in the game, accounted for six of the first eight points during that Denver run.
By the end of the quarter, the Nuggets were back on top by a score of 82-73, and that was as close as Boston was for the remainder of the game.
Key Box Score Line
Ray Allen's name is beginning to find a comfort zone in this spot. He had another phenomenal game this afternoon with a team-high 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Allen has been on fire from the field since the All-Star break, and he's also contributing in other areas, too. Today, he grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists in addition to his hot shooting.
Box Score Nuggets
- Five Celtics scored at least 14 points, and five Nuggets scored at least 12 points.
- Chauncey Billups, Nene and Carmelo Anthony each made seven field goals for Denver.
- Boston blocked 12 shots in the game.
- J.R. Smith scored 16 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.
- Five of J.R. Smith's six field goals were 3-pointers.
- Paul Pierce and Chris Anderson each recorded four blocks in the game.
- Marquis Daniels scored 15 points off the bench for Boston.
- Brian Scalabrine played only one minute, but finished with a +4 in the plus/minus statistic.
- The Celtics grabbed 10 steals in the game.
- Boston scored a whopping 68 points in the paint.
- Chris Anderson had a +18 in the plus/minus statistic, the highest of any player in the game.
- Boston (52.9 percent) shot better from the field than Denver (51.3 percent).
- The C's made only two of their 13 3-point attempts.
- Two Nuggets (Nene and Kenyon Martin) finished with 10 rebounds, but no Celtic grabbed more than seven. No Celtic starter grabbed more than five.
- Boston shot only 13-of-24 from the free throw line, and Denver shot only 25-of-40.
Quote of the Night
Doc Rivers on the Celtics making a comeback after the tough first quarter: "Good trip, but not a good finish. I was proud of our guys, they fought back. When you spot any team a 20-point lead, especially here and against a great team, it's tough to come back and win that."