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The Nuggets missed a chance to beat the Celtics at the buzzer, as Boston held on for a 111-110 win

Posted: 10:43 PM, Jan 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-30 05:43:16Z

DENVER --  Kyrie Irving  scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter,  Jaylen Brown  hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining and the struggling  Boston Celtics  edged the  Denver Nuggets  111-110 on Monday night.

Denver had a chance to win in dramatic fashion at the end but  Torrey Craig 's tip-in of  Will Barton 's long attempt from 3-point range was too late.

Irving finished 11 of 17 from the field to lead the Celtics to just their second win in seven games.  Jayson Tatum  added 20 points and  Marcus Morris  had 14 off the bench.

Boston blew a 20-point lead and trailed heading into the final period. Then the Celtics couldn't hold onto a six-point advantage in the final two minutes as the Nuggets tied the game at 108 with 43 seconds to go.

Nikola Jokic  had a double-double by the first minute of the second half for Denver, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Barton scored 19,  Gary Harris  15 and  Jamal Murray  14.

Mason Plumlee  had 16 points and eight rebounds before he left with a leg injury in the fourth.

The Celtics beat Denver for the second time this season, also prevailing 124-118 on Dec. 13.

Boston made 10 of its first 16 shots from beyond the perimeter to go up 51-31 in the second quarter and led 56-45 at halftime. Irving led the way with 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

The Nuggets climbed back on the strength of a 14-5 run to end the half and outscored Boston 37-24 in the third to go up 82-80.

TIP-INS

Celtics: G  Terry Rozier  played despite spraining his right ankle at Golden State on Saturday and scored eight points off the bench. The backup guard has played in every game this season. ...  Daniel Theis  had 11 points and  Al Horford  scored 10.

Nuggets: Jokic has recorded a double-double in 20 of his past 40 games. ... F  Wilson Chandler  sat out with an illness. He'd been dealing with symptoms of a migraine since he left in the first half of Saturday's win over Dallas. . F  Kenneth Faried  played for the first time in four games and had zero points and five rebounds in five minutes.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Host the  New York Knicks  on Wednesday to open a three-game homestand.

Nuggets: At the  San Antonio Spurs  on Tuesday, looking to end a 10-game losing streak at AT&T Center.