Boston Celtics defeat Denver Nuggets, 113-99

This wasn’t the same team the Denver Nuggets saw a month ago.

These weren’t the same Celtics that let the Nuggets take a match to the Pepsi Center nets, shooting 51.3 percent, placing five players in double figures, and running up a total of 114 points, 7 more than their season average, busting up what was an otherwise impressive West Coast trip coming out of the All-Star break.

It wasn’t the same Paul Pierce, who at the time was a walking injury report, playing thro...

The Celtics are tied with the Hawks for third place in the East, but technically Boston is up a game, even though Atlanta swept the season series.

As a division leader, the Celtics hold the first tiebreaker over Atlanta, which defeated Orlando, 86-84, last night. Meaning, the Hawks have to be a game better than the Celtics at season’s end to finish third.

It’s a system that even Celtics coach Doc Rivers wasn’t aware of until a few days ago.

“I didn’t even pay atte...