Forcing a total of 20 turnovers, the Celtics led the Nuggets throughout the final three quarters en route to a 111-103 victory at TD Garden.
After three quarters, the Celtics scored 15 second-chance points off of 13 offensive rebounds and took a 86-71 lead into the fourth quarter. Celtics topped an 18-2 run the final frame to open up a 22-point advantage — their biggest lead of the night. Celtics bench totaled 40 points and took care of the lead while the starters rested.
Avery Bradley scored a game-high 27 points and Isaiah Thomas added 16 points and five assists. Danilio Gallinari and Will Barton each scored 23 points to lead the Nuggets.
Celtics (26-21) have now won four games in-a-row and are half a game behind the Bulls for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
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STUD OF THE NIGHT: Avery Bradley
After Bradley scored 13 first quarter points on 5-for-7 shooting, including 3-of-5 from deep, you knew it was going to be one of those shooting nights for him. The Celtics shooting guard shot 55 percent on 11-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-13 from distance. Defensively, Bradley was a pest in the back court and finished the night with four steals.
DUD OF THE NIGHT: None
Every Celtic played a role in the Celtics’ win in one way or another. Jared Sullinger and Amir Johnson combined for 24 rebounds, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas led in scoring and the bench picked up the slack in the second half. Kelly Olynyk’s 17 points (2-for-3 from deep) led the bench and Marcus Smart’s stifling defense earned himself three steals as he finished the night with a plus-11 rating.
VINE OF THE NIGHT: Evan Turner tops off the 18-2 run
WHINE OF THE NIGHT: Missed layups
Although the Celtics held a comfortable lead throughout most of the night, they missed a flurry of points in the paint. The Celtics shot 42.7 percent from the floor but could have finished the night with a higher percentage if they were able to convert the majority of their layups.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: 20 turnovers.
The Celtics defense set the tone in the first quarter when they forced seven Nuggets turnovers and carried that same intensity for four quarters. Celtics finished the night with 15 steals and scored 24 fast-break points against Denver.
@ OF THE NIGHT: Wouldn’t it be great to see Olynyk compete in this year’s 3-point competition in his hometown of Toronto?