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The Denver Nuggets fought their way back from a twenty point deficit, but a heave at the end from Will Barton wasn’t enough as the Celtics would prove victorious by a score of 111-110.
The Boston Celtics had an 11 point lead heading into the third quarter and that was after the Nuggets cut into a 20 point deficit near the end of the first half. The Nuggets would then outscore the Celtics 37-24 in the third quarter and take a two point lead into the final frame. A back and fourth affair in the fourth quarter came down to a Will Barton three-pointer from about 30 feet away, the shot would fall short. Nuggets faithful still held out hope though as defensive specialist Torrey Craig would end up putting back the Barton miss, but it sadly came after the final horn had sounded.
look at RJ’s reaction to will barton’s last-second shot hahahahaha pic.twitter.com/60JlLf8MXP
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) January 30, 2018
Richard Jefferson’s reaction says it all after the Nuggets dropped another close game. The effort the Nuggets showed in their 20 point comeback was definitely a step in the right direction, but the inability to finish out games will potentially cost them come playoff time in April. With the loss, the Nuggets record now sits at 26-24 and leaves them at eighth place in the Western Conference. The Nuggets next three games won’t get any easier as the team faces the Spurs tomorrow night, the Thunder on Thursday night, and then closes out the week against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. This game tonight could prove costly if the team isn’t able to sneak out of any of these next three games with a win.
The game as a whole ended up being one of the most exciting Nuggets games of the season as the Pepsi Center was a rocking. Sadly, most of the fans at the Pepsi Center were cheering for the team in green and especially for Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving. Irving wouldn’t disappoint scoring 27 points on 11-17 from the field, as well as dishing out six assists.
After Stephen Curry, the best show in the NBA rn is definitely Kyrie Irvingpic.twitter.com/6fSV1hkm1N
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) January 30, 2018
Rookie Jason Tatum also played an exceptional game for the Celtics scoring 20 points on 8-13 from the field. Tatum also chipped in six rebounds and four assists and was a huge part of the Celtics offensive success against the Nuggets. As a team the Celtics had seven guys who made at least two three-pointers and shot a stellar 47 percent from behind the arc for the game. The Celtics 17 three-pointers ultimately helped them defeat a Nuggets team that made just 10 on the night and only shot 30 percent from distance.
The Nuggets offensively had a great all around effort and had six guys who scored in double figures. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets in scoring with 24 and also led the team in rebounds with 11. Trey Lyle’s was the teams second leading scorer scoring 20 points off the bench on 7-10 shooting. Lyles almost made half of the Nuggets three-pointers going 4-7 from behind the arc, while also adding in seven rebounds.
20 pts (7-10 FG) (4-7 3pt FG)
27 minutes pic.twitter.com/GNXJZ6VmOG
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) January 30, 2018
The Nuggets now have a quick turn around as they head to San Antonio to take on the Spurs tomorrow night. Lets see if the team can bounce back and pick up a victory against one of the Western Conference’s top teams.