Celtics

Final: Nuggets 114, Celtics 105 — C’s stumble in fourth

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Isaiah Thomas made a long awaited (but brief) return to the Garden parquet on Monday night and his team came out with a win as the Nuggets dominated the fourth quarter on their way to a 115-105 victory. Nikola Jokic (21 points) led seven different Denver players in double figures as the visitors used timely efficient offense and lockdown defense in the fourth quarter to pull away with the win. The Celtics dropped just their second game over their last eight contests after failing to recover from a 11-0 Nuggets run at the start of the fourth quarter. Kyrie Irving overcame a slow shooting start to finish with a game-high 30 points but he got little help from others as Al Horford was the only Celtic to notch over 20 points.

First Half Notes