Kyrie Irving scores 27 as Celtics edge the Nuggets

Thursday, 01 Feb, 2018

NY jumped out to a 61-41 halftime lead and never looked back.

Will the San Antonio Spurs cover the spread tonight as a sizable home favorite when they host the Denver Nuggets at 8:30 p.m. ET?

Even if it led to a few anxious seconds. The Celtics need to be reminded of what it is like to play a full game well, and doing that against these opponents should mean big victories in both games. We had to do a great job of playing team defence, making them work. "We had a chance, but we didn't take it".

It was a welcome change for San Antonio, which was in an offensive rut in its two previous games of a five-game homestand.

As for the Spurs, Dejounte Murray has been stuffing the stat sheet since becoming the team's starting point guard. "I saw (Jaylen Brown) in the corner and just made the right play". "That's what we did and we came out with a good win".

BC-BKN-Celtics-Nuggets, 1st Ld-Writethru, 761Irving scores 27 points as Celtics edge Nuggets 111-110AP Photo CODZ109, CODZ114, CODZ115, CODZ113, CODZ101, CODZ118, CODZ111, CODZ110, CODZ107, CODZ108, CODZ104, CODZ103, CODZ102Eds: Celtics 111, Nuggets 110. He scored 14 points on 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc, giving him eight straight games with double-digit points.

Denver ranks fifth in points in the paint per game (48.2) while San Antonio ranks 23rd (41.7). That marked the biggest lead of the game for Indiana. Jamal Murray hit a tough leaner with a sliver more than 28 seconds left, cutting the Celtics' lead to one.

Part of the problem is how much they rely on the three pointer. "They were trying to set up someone for the 3".

The Nuggets wanted the win.

He has shot just 3-25 from the field which includes an ugly 0-11 effort on December 21. "It just didn't fall".

Kemba Walker finished with 23 points and three three-pointers to lead the Hornets, who have lost two straight games and four of six. It set the tone for a back-and-forth, high-scoring duel.

"I feel like we're figuring out the faster we play, the better we are", Barton said.

He also called the pass for Brown's victor "a tremendous play by Al".

The two teams played in Denver on January 13, with San Antonio crushing the Nuggets 112-80. Malone said Plumlee is "going to be out for a little while.". The problem continues to be how infrequently they play that well for a full game.

Aldridge drew a technical foul in the third quarter after getting upset because of a no call.

In 18 career outings against the Knicks, Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.9 points and 5.4 assists. The Spurs (34-19), who remain the No. 3 seed in the West despite missing two-way superstar Kawhi Leonard for the bulk of the season, improved to a league-best 22-4 at home.

Manu Ginobili joined Sacramento's Vince Carter as the only 40-and-older players with 40 3-pointers in a season. The Spurs now rank 18th in the league with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.187, while Denver ranks fourth in FTA rate allowed (0.169).

Upon first glance, it looks like the basketball gods did the Boston Celtics a solid heading into this week with a stretch of games coming up against teams that on paper at least, are all very beatable.

Arthur found out Tuesday morning that he would make his first start of the season.

The Nuggets climbed out of a 20-point first-half deficit to lead in the final period.