Kenneth Faried earned his 10th double-double this season, scoring 21 points and registering 13 rebounds, to help the Denver Nuggets cruise past the Boston Celtics, 129-98. The Nuggets had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 43-83 (51.8%) from the field, including 14-31 (45.2%) from three-point range. This is the third consecutive win for Denver (17-17).
Faried went 6-8 from the field, in what was an efficient performance. Denver also got solid performances from Randy Foye with 23 points and 5 rebounds, Ty Lawson with 19 points and 13 assists, and J.J. Hickson with 17 points and 8 rebounds. On 7-19 shooting, including 2-7 from behind the arc, Jeff Green put up 17 points for Boston in the loss.
Along with their eFG% of 60.2%, the Nuggets connected at a rate of 45.2% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (6-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Celtics are 1-3 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Boston (13-22) has now lost five straight games.
Coming up, the Nuggets take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 27-8 on the season. The Celtics go up against the Los Angeles Clippers, currently sitting at 24-13 this year. The Nuggets lost their last two meetings with Oklahoma City. The Celtics have a 0-1 record against Los Angeles this season.