NY jumped out to a 61-41 halftime lead and never looked back.
It was only Boston's second victory in seven games.
"We missed some defensive assignments, and I thought we missed some good opportunities on offence, but they found a way".
That's what the Celtics will try to deal with when they host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night as Boston plays the first of three straight games at TD Garden. Denver almost added to their misery.
Afterward, Denver coach Michael Malone defended his decision not to use a timeout to set something up. They were able to come in and make shots, but we knew them.
Irving scored 10 points in the 4th quarter and shot 11-of-17 from the field overall for the Celtics, who won their second game in their last 7.
Trey Lyles poured in 20 points off the bench for the Nuggets, who after the game boarded an overnight flight to south Texas to play the second game of a back-to-back against one of the league's marquee teams. The Nuggets and Celtics then headed to their respective locker rooms.
Kristaps Porzingis vs Al Horford - The two power forwards will not necessarily spend their whole time directly matched up against one another - the Celtics will no doubt look to double team Porzingis whenever possible - but they certainly will spend some time side by side.
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"I was open. Everything that happened before didn't matter". "In that first half, I wasn't hitting shots".
Chandler should find his offensive groove eventually, but with a heavy dose of Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, and Nikola Jokic - it could be tough to find shots for an aging wing like him.
Mason Plumlee had 16 points and eight rebounds before leaving with a strained right calf in the fourth. "We had a chance, but we didn't take it".
Brad Stevens has maintained all season that as much as he wants the Celtics to win every time they step on the floor, adding growth and experience is just as important.
Aldridge and Gasol led the way for the Spurs in the first half, scoring a combined 34 points. Jokic has averaged 15.4 points, 12.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game. Did Will Barton make the right read? His previous best for 20-point games was 31 in 74 games during his inaugural season with the Spurs in 2016. Daniel Theis had 11 points and Horford scored 10. F Kenneth Faried played for the first time in four games and had zero points and five rebounds in five minutes. "He is a big part of our team, just because he is a big man who is light, strong, who can defend everybody, who can rebound for us".
The Celtics need to take advantage of these next two home games because it is going to get a lot more hard after that. That's all you can ever ask for, so I'm proud of our guys for that fight.
The Knicks have been given no love by oddsmakers, receiving a nine point head start against the Celtics.
After two free throws by Denver's Will Barton brought the Nuggets to within 104-101, Ginobili canned a jumper with 36.7 seconds remaining to push San Antonio's lead back to five points.