Celtics have 31-3 run in comeback victory over Nuggets

DENVER (AP) – Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown fuelled a 31-3 run that helped the Boston Celtics put the skids on the NBA’s hottest team with a 105-87 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

The Nuggets looked well on their way to their ninth straight victory when they took a 79-65 lead in the third quarter on a three-pointer by Facundo Campazzo.

Boston outscored the Nuggets 40-8 the rest of the way. The Celtics had been held to 16 first-quarter points and trailed by 14 early on.

Brown started the epic run with a nifty bucket and Tatum provided the biggest highlights, including eight straight points on a trio of free throws, a jumper and a three-pointer.

Tatum finished with 28 points two days after a career-best 53-point performance against Minnesota, and Brown had 20. Tatum (illness) and Brown (sore left knee) starred despite being listed as questionable before tip-off.

Michael Porter Jr led Denver with 20 points. Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown celebrates with guard Carsen Edwards late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets. PHOTO: AP