The Nuggets battled back throughout the game, never having the lead until late in the fourth quarter and coming back from as many as 12 points down. The Celtics were led by Paul Pierce finishing with his eighth career triple-double (27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists) and nearly tying a career high in minutes, grinding out 54. The Celtics now hold the hottest streak in the NBA, winning seven in a row, all without All-Star Rajon Rondo.
The Nuggets continue their road trip against the Toronto Raptors, teams with mirroring records. That is, the Raptors are 19-32 and struggling, while the Nuggets are 33-19 and looking ahead to the playoffs. The Nuggets are also looking to improve their road play, owning a dreadful 11-16 record away from the Pepsi Center.
The Nuggets have won 15 of the last 17 games against Toronto, most recently winning 113-110 in Denver on Dec. 3. The Nuggets struggled offensively last game in Boston, but have scored at least 123 five times against the Raptors. They will be looking for big numbers from Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson as they hope to start another winning streak.
The Raptors and newly acquired Rudy Gay look to try and put a stop to the offensive outpouring and to put up some points of their own. Gay played nearly 41 minutes last game at the Air Canada Centre, scoring 20 and rebounding eight. Toronto also looks to start a winning streak of their own, having won their last two.
Both teams are playing the first game of a back-to-back. The Raptors visit the New York Knicks tomorrow night, while the Nuggets wrap it up before the All-Star break by also traveling to New York to play the Brooklyn Nets.