BOSTON — Jayson Tatum’s 34 points Friday night helped the Celtics (9-3) get their fifth straight win in a match against the Denver Nuggets 131-112.
The back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic played well, but not up to his typical standards. The Joker finished with 29 points and eight rebounds. A big part of him slowing down was because of Grant Williams and Al Horford’s defense.
Offensively the C’s were great out the gate–continuing their hot streak on the season. Horford finished with six-three’s finishing with 21 points and seven rebounds. Jaylen Brown chipped in 25 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists as well.
“It’s just a lot of fun right now on the offensive end,” said Horford. “Guys are really conscious of understanding of what coach wants and what he expects.” He wants good spacing and we’re doing a good job of getting to those positions.”
The C’s shot a collective 57% from the field and it was Tatum’s third straight game with at least 30 points–and seventh this season. The Celtics put up 33 points in both the first and second quarter. C’s went into halftime up 66-57.
The second half was more of the same thing. Celtics put up 65 points in that second half with a combined 16-three-pointers as a unit. The bench of Boston put in 34 points as well, a spark they definitely needed against a talented and loaded Denver team.
For the Nuggets, Michael Porter Jr. struggled, finishing with only seven points. Jamal Murray finished with a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. But ultimately, Denver couldn’t keep up with the deep shooting and offensive output the C’s possess.
Celtics will head to Detroit to face the Pistons Saturday night and try to extend their winning streak.