Celtics Notes: Kyrie Irving's Scoring Prowess Carrying Boston During Tough Stretch

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

The game remained close the rest of the way, but say Boston take a 108-102 after Al Horford hit a three-pointer with 2:12 left to play.

The Nuggets kept up with the Spurs largely thanks to their offense, which got free beyond the arc (10-of-23) against a San Antonio team that entered Tuesday ranked second in the National Basketball Association in defensive efficiency at 100.9 points per 100 possessions and sixth in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (34.8).

Going into halftime, the Celtics led 56-45 behind strong transitional defense and consistent scoring.

Boston blew a 20-point lead and trailed heading into the final period.

Jokic and Jamal Murray have played at a high level over the last five games for Denver.

Murray scored on a layup with 28.1 seconds left to get Denver back within one.

The head scratching play of the game came in the closing seconds of the game.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have actually been in a bit of a slump as they've lost five of their last seven games but they will be looking to build on Monday's 111-110 win at Denver. The Celtics shoot 48 percent from both the field and three-point land, while the Nugget shot only 33 percent.

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"I was open. Everything that happened before didn't matter". I'm tempted to take the Celtics to cover, especially because the Knicks will be playing their second game in as many nights, but this seems like too many points to be giving the Knicks who can certainly win this one outright. The miss hap had something to do with Irving's "heating gear" because of the altitude in the Mile High City. Will Barton was able to get off a desperation shot at the buzzer but missed.

Irving led all scorers with 27 points (11-17 FG) and six assists.

"I thought we were gassed at the end of the game", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the win raised Boston's record to 36-15. We missed some good opportunities on offence. He is also averaging 24.9 points per game in his first season with the Celtics, and will likely again hear chants of "M-V-P" from the TD Garden crowd Wednesday night.

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.

Nikola Jokic had a double-double by the first minute of the second half for Denver, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds. And it was the second night in a row that the ball found Will Barton's hands with the chance to steal a win in the final seconds. But they still hold a 1.5 game advantage over the Toronto Raptors in the East.

Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving will sit out Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks due to a right quad contusion, the team announced.

Denver will try to get back on the right side of the scoreboard when they travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs Tuesday night.

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