JR Smith produced 16 of his 19 game points in the fourth quarter to help the Denver Nuggets defeat the Boston Celtics 114-105 yesterday at the Pepsi Center. Denver posted 37 first quarter points to Boston’s 19 to gain the early advantage. The C’s were able to fight back and cut the lead to seven by the end of the second block. Boston refused to quit but the Nuggets would never allow a change in momentum, holding the lead through the entire contest.
Chauncey Billups led the way with 26 points and seven assists for Denver. Ray Allen kept Boston in the game with 25 as Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett followed with 15 apiece. The Celtics have been on a roll lately, winning their last 3-of-4 on the road following the NBA All-Star break. Captain Paul Pierce is happy with the way his squad is performing despite their recent loss against one of the league’s top teams.
“It’s always tough to come back in their building,” said Pierce. “But I’m happy with the road trip for the most part. I feel like we’re headed in the right direction. We’d like to have gotten all four wins, but we didn’t. Now we have to start establishing ourselves at home and play better.”
The Celtics are due for a string of home games this week. They will host the New York Knicks on Tuesday for Nate Robinson’s debut before the Cleveland Cavaliers make their way to the Garden on Thursday.