Boston Celtics beat up on Nuggets 105 – 87 on road, snap Denver’s 8-game streak

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While the game looked like it was going to follow a familiar script early on, the Boston Celtics would find their defensive chops in the second half to hang on and defeat the Denver Nuggets 105 – 87 on the road.

In a departure from the more traditional defense the Celtics have leaned on most of this season, a change to a switchier approach with plenty of help off the bench from Grant Williams and Romeo Langford helped Boston win its third game in a row. A 31 – 3 run helped the team to improve to 28 and 26 on the season, snapping the NBA’s longest winning streak for the Nuggets at eight games.

Following up his historic, 53-point performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves by leading all scorers for the second straight game, All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum scored 28 and 10 rebounds.

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All-Star forward Jaylen Brown put up 20 points, 8 boards and 2 blocks while veteran guards Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker each logged 14 points on the night with the UConn product pulling down 5 rebounds and dishing 6 assists, and the Texan adding another 5 assists of his own. Veteran big man Tristan Thompson added 9 points and 4 boards off the bench. Neither team cracked 24% from beyond the arc in this contest. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1381366463244689409?s=20

The Celtics now find themselves in a statistical tie with the Miami Heat for sixth place in the East, with the Heat possessing the tiebreaker. Boston now travels to face the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on Tuesday, April 13 as they continue their short West Coast road trip. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=48898,48876,48871,48852,48842] [listicle id=48882]

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