Ray Allen scored 18 of his game-high 28 points in the first half and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each added 17 as the Celtics won their eighth straight with a 105-89 win over the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at TD Garden. Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony did not play due to inflammation in his right knee.
The Celtics shot a scorching 68 percent in the first quarter, making 13-of-19 from the field, on their way to building a 19-point lead. It was 30-11 with 2:47 left in the first quarter before the Nuggets closed to within 14, 35-21, heading into the second quarter. The Nuggets continued their hot shooting in the second, hitting 11-of-19 to close to within one, 51-50, on Ty Lawson's lay-up. The basket capped a 39-20 run that got Denver back into the game. The Celtics put the game away in the third quarter with a 10-2 run. Glen Davis had 16 points to lead the Boston bench effort.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With the Red Sox addressing secondary needs on their 2011 club, GM Theo Epstein suggested that the team is in a comfortable position as it tries to address its remaining holes and areas of upgrade. That being the case, he said that the Sox do not appear to be close to any deals at the Winter Meetings, and he does not expect a deal to occur on Wednesday night.
“I think we got our big bat through trade, for the most part,” he said. “Still looking for good players but the Gonzalez acquisition put us in a little bit of a different spot in terms of our need to do something. we’re still looking for the right player and the right fit.
With Gonzalez in tow, the Sox have been able to operate with relative freedom in terms of time constraints. They have already made the central acquisition of the offseason that will dictate the team’s other moves.
Carmelo Anthony was originally listed in the Nuggets' starting lineup for their game against the Celtics Wednesday, but he will be a late scratch because of a sore right knee. Anthony leads the Nuggets in scoring and rebounding. He had played in every game until this one. Gary Forbes, the 25-year-old rookie from UMass should see significantly more playing time.
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The Celtics got some good news from their walking wounded as Rajon Rondo (hamstring), Shaquille O'Neal (shin) and Glen Davis (fever) will all play tonight against the Nuggets. Doc Rivers kept Davis at home the last few days rather than be around the team after he ran a fever that went into the triple digits. "I don't know how many minutes he can play," Rivers said. "He hasn't done anything since the game on Sunday."
As for Shaq, Rivers said he was pleasantly surprised that he was going to be able to play. "Shaq's been great, but 38 and he's going to have injuries," Rivers said. "There are games he's going to be great, there are going to be games when he's 38 and there's going to be days when he's 38 and you just can't practice him. We're good with that."
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Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart will miss 4-6 weeks with a fracture in his right hand, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday. Stuart suffered the injury in the first period of the team's 3-2 overtime win over the Sabres on Tuesday night. Chiarelli released the following statement:
"Mark sustained a fracture to the 4th metacarpal of his right hand (ring finger) and dislocated his 4th metacarpal phlangeal joint. He was evaluated by Dr. Matt Leibman at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and is expected to miss approximately 4-6 weeks."
With Stuart out, the team recalled 22-year-old defenseman Steve Kampfer from Providence. Kampfer led all Providence defensemen and was second on the team with 16 points (3-13).
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