Friday , Dec , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics topple Nuggets

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Paul Pierce, Tony Allen and Al Jefferson
combined for 96 points, as the Boston Celtics had a banner shooting night from
their big three, on the way to a 119-114 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Pierce ended with 38 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, while Allen had
a career-best 30 points and also corralled eight boards. Jeferson had 28
points and 10 rebounds. The three combined to shoot 35-for-49 from the field,
with the team ending the evening at 56 percent, on the way to their season-
high fourth straight victory.

Carmelo Anthony posted 42 points on 15-of-26 shooting for the Nuggets, who
have lost back-to-back contests for the first time since dropping their
opening three games of the season.

Andre Miller’s layup pulled Denver within 94-91 with 6:03 left, but Pierce
countered with three free throws and the Celtics widened the margin to 11
points at 106-95 following a Pierce three with 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

Anthony’s layup with two seconds remaining made it a three-point game, but
Pierce hit two free throws to seal Boston’s win.

Wally Szczerbiak added 16 points for the Celtics, who ended 10-of-25 from
three-point range.

Miller tallied 18 points and J.R. Smith scored 15.

Boston scored the first eight points, on the way to a 31-17 lead after the
opening quarter. It was 64-47 at the half and the Celtics led 85-74 going into
the fourth.

Game Notes

Earl Boykins scored 14 and Marcus Camby 11 for Denver…Denver has lost nine
of 10 and 15 of its last 17 at Boston.

BOS DEN