By MyFM’s Jake Archer – The Boston Celtics are having a phenomenal year so far and quite a bit of that has to do with the emergence of second year shooting guard Jaylen Brown. In a game in which they blew a twenty point lead heading into the fourth quarter and a 6 point lead in the final two minutes, Brown bailed them out by banging a go-ahead three pointer with 34 seconds left in regulation.
The Nuggets inexplicably didn’t use a timeout on their final possession of the game and thus were too late in their attempt to tie it and head to overtime. This was a huge win for the Celtics that they desperately needed because it was just their second victory in the last seven games. Despite finding ways to win quite often this year and never really being blown out, Boston was struggling in tight games of late.
Luckily, they were able to squeak out this win on the road against a feisty Denver team. Kyrie Irving scored 27 points while recording six assists, three rebounds and a steal. Ten of his points came in the fourth quarter to help Boston fight back. Rookie sensation Jayson Tatum kept his great season going with 20 points, six rebounds, four assists, one block and a steal. The hero, Jaylen Brown, actually only scored 9 points and added six rebounds and a dime. He had missed all four of his three point attempts leading up to the game-winner but knocked down the open shot when it mattered.
Marcus Morris and Daniel Theis chipped in off the bench with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Morris also registered four boards while Theis was all over the place with three rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal. Celtics guard Terry Rozier played despite spraining his ankle the other night in Golden State and Shane Larkin sat out with a sore right knee. The Nuggets were led by star center Nikola Jokic, who recorded a double-double.
Boston now moves to 36-15 on the season, which is still good for first place in the Eastern Conference. They will head home to host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.