Boston began a five-game road trip with three straight losses before recovering to win the final two. The Celtics handed Seattle its first home loss and outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers for a 134-127 victory in two overtimes Monday.
Ricky Davis scored 19 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to help Boston rally from a 12-point deficit and force overtime. He added seven points in the second extra session after Paul Pierce had fouled out.
“It showed the toughness of the guys. To come back and win is mentally tough,” Davis said.
Pierce fouled out with 3:35 left in regulation after scoring 33 points. Pierce and Davis combined to go 17-of-17 at the foul line.
“Paul Pierce fouled out, there were just a lot of reasons why we should have gone home, and our guys just fought,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said.
The Celtics have won seven straight home games against the Nuggets, who last won in Boston on Nov. 15, 1996.
Denver dropped its second straight to fall to 2-2 on its seven-game trip after blowing an 18-point third-quarter lead in a 110-102 setback at Philadelphia on Tuesday. The Nuggets were shredded for 64 points in the second half.
“You have to play 48 minutes. We got too comfortable and full of ourselves,” Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik said.
Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points to lead Denver, and is averaging 26.5 points on the trip.
Point guard Andre Miller has struggled in Denver’s last two losses, making 5-of-19 shots and committing 10 turnovers. He was also whistled for a technical foul in the midst of a critical 13-0 run by the Sixers in Tuesday’s game.