Al Horford scores 21 points in the Celtics' 131-112 win over the Nuggets

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  • Al Horford scores 21 points in the Celtics' 131-112 win over the Nuggets

    Al Horford handles the ball looking to go on offense in the game the Celtics won.

Grant Williams called himself the geek. “Batman” after he helped the Boston Celtics to neutralize Nuggets star Nikola “Joker” Jokic, during a win in Denver late last season.

The Celtics relied on their offense to prevent the reigning back-to-back MVP from getting his revenge. Jayson Tatum had 34 points, eight rebounds and five assists as Boston extended his game. his season-high winning streak to five games by beating Denver 131-112 on Friday night.

It was Tatum's third straight game with at least 30 points and the seventh time with 30-plus this season. 57% from the field with 16 3-pointers. Jaylen Brown had 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

“It's a lot of fun right now on the offensive end,” said Al Horford, who scored the game. He made six triples and finished the game. with 21 points and seven rebounds. “The guys are really aware of understanding what the coach wants and what he expects. ÉHe wants good space and we're doing a good job getting into those positions.< /p>

“It's fun to watch when it comes together like this.”

Interim coach Joe Mazzulla said he likes the confidence on the court he sees among his players.

“Our guys are committed to making each other better, whether they have the ball or not,” Mazzulla said.

The loss broke the game. the Nuggets' four-game winning streak.

Jokic scored. 29 points and eight rebounds, but struggled with early fouls. 17 points and eight rebounds.

The Nuggets stayed close despite their bench playing tight. He was understaffed after Bones Hyland was placed under health and safety protocols before kickoff. 37 minutes and finished. with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists

Denver trailed 77-70 when Jokic took the bench after his fourth foul with about seven minutes left in the third quarter.

The Nuggets continued to work without him. him, eventually cutting what had been an 18-point deficit in the first half to 87-85.

New York 121 – Detroit 112

RJ Barrett scored. 30 points, Jalen Brunson added a second. 26 and the New York Knicks held on to beat the Detroit Pistons 121-112 on Friday night.

Julius Randle added the game. 21 points for the Knicks, who have won two of their last three games.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored the second. 25 and Alec Burks had 17 for Detroit, which has now lost five of its last six games.

The Pistons are now 0-7 on the road this season.

New York went on an 11-2 run to go up 79-62 on a layup by Randle with 7:54 remaining in the third quarter and a pair of free throws by Derrick Rose gave the Knicks a 94-80 lead at the end. of the period. .

The Pistons opened the fourth quarter on a 15-7 run and capped it with back-to-back 3-pointers by Isaiah Livers that cut the deficit to 101-95 with 7:02 remaining in time. regulatory.

San Antonio 111 – Milwaukee 93

Keldon Johnson scored the second. 29 points and the San Antonio Spurs snapped a five-game skid with a 111-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

Devin Vassell had 22 points in San Antonio's first win since Oct. 30. Jakob Poeltl added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee played well. He was without Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, Kris Middleton, Pat Connaughton, Grayson Allen, Joe Ingles and AJ Green due to health issues.

Jevon Carter scored 1-2. 21 points for the Bucks, and Brook Lopez had 19. Bobby Portis finished the game. with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

San Antonio got it right. 12-of-31 3-pointers, including 5-of-8 from Johnson. The Spurs also blocked the Bucks' fast break, leading 21-0.

The Spurs outscored the Bucks 28-17 in the quarter. Johnson made a 3-pointer and a jump shot to make it 101-83 with 4:39 remaining.

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