Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s 115-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets which extended their losing streak to two in a row.
Jamal Murray: The third-year guard got off to a fast start with 14 first-quarter points and continued to provide timely shot-making for the Nuggets in their comeback. He finished with a career-high 48 points on 19-for-30 shooting from the field.
Kyrie Irving: For most of the night, Kyrie Irving was in mix-tape, ankle-break, Uncle Drew mode with a flurry of highlight-worthy moves ending with lots of points. Irving led all scorers with 31 points coming on 13-for-17 shooting from the field to go with five assists.
Nikola Jokic: The Joker was doing what he does most nights – contributing in all the major categories. Murray’s scoring was indeed the dominant factor in the game, but that still didn’t keep Jokic from flirting with a triple-double by finishing with eight points, eight assists and 10 rebounds.
Jaylen Brown: Brown was active at both ends of the floor for Boston before finishing with 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field.
Marcus Smart: He was being a defensive pest as always, but also did a solid job of making the most of his shot attempts. He had nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from the field along with a career-high four blocked shots.
BWA: The usually reliable Celtics’ second unit – Bench With Attitude – was a non-factor for most of the game. They collectively finished with just 17 points on 10-for-26 shooting. Every reserve Brad Stevens used finished with a negative plus/minus except for rookie Robert Williams III (+1).
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