Fast start leads Celtics to win over Nuggets

Although it wasn’t the prettiest of wins, the Celtics were able to top the Nuggets, 106-98, Friday night at TD Garden for their second straight win. The C’s jumped out to a 42-15 lead, but allowed the Nuggets to get back to within six in the third quarter before holding on for a eight-point win.

Jordan Crawford led the Celtics with 22 points and eight assists, but the biggest story of the game for the home team was the play of Kris Humphries off the bench as he finished with 18 points and seven rebounds. Avery Bradley added 18, while Jeff Green and Brandon Bass contributed 15 and 14 respectively in the win.

Ty Lawson led Denver with 20 points before leaving the game with a strained left hamstring.

The Celtics will return to action Sunday afternoon (12 p.m., CSN) when they travel to New York City to take on the Knicks.

What they’ll be saying: Obviously the C’s fast start was the big story of the game as they led, 39-15, after the first quarter, but once again their poor third quarter play came up as they were outscored, 33-23, to allow the Nuggets to get back in the game.

Sharp shooting was a major reason for scoring 106 points as the team shot 52 percent from the floor and only committed 10 turnovers.


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