Jaylen Brown nailed a three-pointer with less than 40 seconds remaining to push the Boston Celtics past the Denver Nuggets 111-110 Monday evening at the Pepsi Center in Colorado.
Leading the way for Boston was Kyrie Irving, as the 25-year-old point guard from Melbourne, Australia scored a game high 27 points, while passing out six assists and pulling down three rebounds.
The Celtics have struggled recently, as the visitors from the Eastern Conference have only won two of their past seven games.
Boston still leads the Eastern Conference, though, with a record of 36-15 and are 1.5 games up on the Toronto Raptors in both the Atlantic Division and the Conference.
The Celtics blew a 20-point lead during the game and the All-Star Break can't come soon enough for this roster.
Boston are 3.50 to win the Eastern Conference, with the Raptors 5000.00 and the Cleveland Cavaliers 1.44.
Meanwhile, Nikola Jokic led the way for the young Nuggets, as the 22-year-old center from Sombor, Serbia scored a team high 24 points, while pulling down 11 rebounds and dishing out five assists for a double-double.
Denver is currently in eighth place in the Western Conference with a record of 26-24. The Nuggets have a strong chance at making the play-offs, with the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers losing star players this week - DeMarcus Cousins to injury and Blake Griffin in a stunning trade to the Detroit Pistons.
The Celtics welcome the New York Knicks to the TD Garden on Wednesday, while the Nuggets travel to Texas to take on the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.
Denver has lost ten straight games at San Antonio, but faces a Spurs side that is only 5-5 in their last ten outings.
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