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.