The Denver Nuggets took care of business Tuesday night as they blew out the Boston Celtics, 129-98 for their third-straight victory. All five Denver Nugget starters scored in double-figures while the bench tallied 38 points. With the win, Denver returned to .500 on the season at (17-17).
Shooting guard Randy Foye busted out for a season-high 23 points for the Denver Nuggets, shooting 8-of-17 from the field along with seven three-pointers. Foye would also collect 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal. Power forward Kenneth Faried recorded another double-double, going 6-for-8 from the field scoring 21 points while pulling down 13 rebounds. Faried would also shoot 9-of-12 from the charity stripe.
Point Guard Ty Lawson would also collect another double-double as the guard scored 19 points with 13 assists. Lawson would shoot 5-of-10 from the field including 8-of-9 from the line. Center/Power Forward J.J. Hickson would almost record a double-double as well but came up two rebounds short, going 6-of-8 from the field with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Nate Robinson led a solid outing from the Nugget bench, scoring 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting including a three-pointer. Timofey Mozgov played in just 18 minutes but was big defensively. The seven-footer would score 9 points on 3-of-4 shooting, including 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.
The Denver Nuggets dominated the Boston Celtics from the start, here is a look at the stat-by-stat comparison:
Field Goals Made/Attempted:
Boston Celtics: 35-91, 38.5% percent.
Denver Nuggets: 43-83, 51.8% percent.
Three Pointers Made/Attempted:
Boston Celtics: 4-18, 22.2% percent.
Denver Nuggets: 14-31, 45.2% percent.
Boston Celtics: 35 rebounds. (10 offensive, 25 defensive)
Denver Nuggets: 56 rebounds. (14 offensive, 42 defensive)
Boston Celtics: 2
Denver Nuggets: 10
Fast Break Points:
Boston Celtics: 9
Denver Nuggets: 24
Denver did however have a problem with turning the ball over as the team committed 21. Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw would pick up his second technical foul of the season and was ejected in the second half. Here is more from Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post:
The most eventful part of the night? Shaw picking up two technical fouls — his first two — and getting ejected from the game in the third, battling for the referees to get control of some of the rough stuff during the contest. He left to a huge ovation.
The Denver Nuggets (17-17) return to action Thursday night to host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Pepsi Center. Tip-Off is scheduled for 10-30 PM ET, 8:30 PM MT.