2016-2017 NBA regular season: playoff’s round Boston Celtics vs Denver Nuggets (games-playoffs) March 10, 2017 at NBATV channel online @NBA 5:00 PM PT full replay, result and recap the full game will be available.
Jokic has strong game in return, Nuggets beat Celtics 119-99
DENVER — The Denver Nuggets were glad to have Nikola Jokic back and even happier with the return of their defense.
Jokic had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in his return to the lineup, and the Nuggets clamped down in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 119-99 on Friday night.
Jokic played 27 minutes after missing two games because of illness. Wilson Chandler had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, and Danilo Gallinari returned from sitting out Wednesday’s game with vertigo to score 20 points.
Post-match previews | Celtics finish trip in Denver
The Boston Celtics kicked away a game in Phoenix on Sunday but then recovered to beat the best team in the NBA on Wednesday.
It seems counterintuitive to fall to one of the worst teams in the league but then dominate the Golden State Warriors, holding them to a season-low 86 points in a 13-point win, but the Celtics (41-24) have shown a tendency for up-and-down performances.
“We get up for games like this, and then we drop off when it’s not the same personnel,” Avery Bradley told The Boston Globe after the 99-86 win over the Warriors. “We have to lock in every single game and take every game seriously.”
They get a chance to prove they can lock in Friday night in Denver when they wrap up their five-game Western Conference trip. Boston is 2-2 on the swing out West and has a chance to head home with momentum heading into the final 16 games.
No. 3 team in the Eastern Conference with one against the team holding the second seed. Still, the Nuggets ran Golden State off the court Feb. 13 without Gallinari and Faried, so they have shown the ability to rise up to the challenge.
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