Denver Nuggets defeat Boston Celtics, 114-105

J.R. Smith scored 16 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Denver Nuggets recovered from blowing an early 20-point lead to beat the Boston Celtics 114-105 Sunday.

Chauncey Billups had 26 points and Carmelo Anthony had 23 for the Nuggets, who avoided back-to-back losses for the first time since late December with the victory over the NBA's top road team.

Ray Allen had 25 points and Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Marquis Daniels added 15 points each for the Ce...

As NBA teams go, the Denver Nuggets are pretty transparent. They shoot the ball a ton, therefore they score a ton, and if you somehow can match them basket for basket - keeping in mind that they may make 40 or 45 a night - so be it.

So when they came out yesterday and fired shots at the Celtics in a barrage that brought to mind a flurry of Manny Pacquiao punches, there was nothing surprising about it.

“You ever been in a fight?’’ Boston forward Kevin Garnett asked, s...