Highlights – Jokic triple-double helps Nuggets cool off Celtics 123-111

The Denver Nuggets took down the Boston Celtics in a 123-111 victory at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado on Sunday night. The sellout crowd of 19,641 watched as the Nuggets ended the Celtics’ four-game winning streak. This was the battle between the best team in the Eastern Conference against the top team in the Western Conference. The West won it! [Box Score Stats].

Nikola Jokic too hot for Celtics

Two-time MVP Nikola Jokic led the way for Denver with 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, while Bruce Brown, starting in place of the injured Jamal Murray, added 21 points with 4 three-pointers.

Nikola, who dominated the Celtics defense on the night, shot 10 of 13 overall and made both his shots from 3-point range in his second straight triple-double and ninth of the season overall.

Michael Porter Jr. scored 19 points and Aaron Gordon contributed 18 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. Bones Hyland came off the bench to score 17 points on 7-12 shooting for the Nuggets, who shot 17 of 30 from 3-pointer, the most from long-range versus the Celtics since 2017.

The Nuggets have now won two straight and 7 of their past 8 overall.

Jaylen Brown gives credit to Nuggets offense

For the Celtics, Jaylen Brown had a strong outing with 30 points and 8 rebounds, while Jayson Tatum added 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.

“You’ve got to give credit to Denver,” Brown said during the pstgame conference on Sunday. “They came out and played well. We could have done a better job to pick up the intensity, but give credit to them.”

However, Tatum struggled from three-point range, missing all four of his attempts. Derrick White was the only other double-digit scorer for Boston with 13 points. This was the first loss for the Celtics versus Denver since 2019.

The Celtics shot 40-87 (46%) from the field and 9-33 (27%) from three-point range, and their 13 forced turnovers resulted in 16 points.

The Nuggets shot 45-79 (57%) from the field and a scorching 17-30 (56.7%) from three-point range, and forced 17 turnovers for 20 points.

Game delayed because of bent rim

The game was briefly interrupted by an almost 40-minute delay due to a bent rim by Rob Williams with 6:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Nuggets used a 12-3 run in the second quarter to take a 49-34 lead, but the Celtics fought back to cut the deficit to 8 points at halftime.

Denver led 37-28 after the first quarter and 62-54 at halftime.

In the paint, the Celtics scored 60 points (30-47) compared to the Nuggets’ 46 points (23-35). Boston had a 15-3 advantage in second-chance points (6-11 to 1-2) and a 12-11 lead in fast break points (3-8 to 5-10).

The game saw two technical fouls for the Celtics (Tatum in the third quarter and Brown in the fourth) and one for the Nuggets (Hyland in the fourth).

The Nuggets have a quick turnaround as they face the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 2, while the Celtics will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 3.

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