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BSJ Game Report: Celtics 124, Nuggets 118 — Who needs defense?

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics’ 124-118 win over the Nuggets in quickie form.

HEADLINES

Best shooting night of the year: After posting a season-low 85 points on Monday night in Chicago, the Celtics responded with their best offensive outing of the year. Despite missing Al Horford (rest) and Marcus Morris (knee), the hosts shot a season-best 59.5 percent from the field and scored a season-high 124 points in a shootout with the high-scoring Nuggets. Kyrie Irving (33 points) and Jaylen Brown (26 points) led the charge for Boston’s efficient offense and overcame a career-high 36 points from Gary Harris.

Defense optional: Both head coaches might have some nightmares after watching film from this one. The Nuggets didn’t shoot it as well as the Celtics (49 percent), but they managed to grab 20 offensive rebounds, which produced 15 second-chance points. They also scored 58 points in the paint, the vast majority of which came on open layups and dunks. Horford’s absence hurt and the Nuggets can score with the best of them (7th in NBA), but this wasn’t a promising follow up performance.   

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