Emmanuel Mudiay waxes hot early as hot-shooting Nuggets blow out skidding Celtics
Emmanuel Mudiay scored 24 first-quarter points to lead the Nuggets' romp over the Celtics. AP

EMMANUEL Mudiay dropped 24 of his career-high tying 30 points in the first quarter to lead the hot-shooting Nuggets in a blowout win over the undermanned Celtics, 123-107, at the TD Garden in Boston on Sunday (Monday, Manila time).

Mudiay scored all of Denver’s points in a 15-6 run that brought a 25-14 lead at the 3:24 point of the first quarter to a 40-20 advantage in a little over two minutes. The Nuggets stayed hot in the second quarter, this time led by Wilson Chandler, to own a 77-52 lead at the break.

The Celtics tried to mount a comeback in the second half, led by Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart, but Denver kept Boston at bay with timely hits from deep from Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and rookie Jamal Murray combining for four of the Nuggets’ six second half triples.

Aside from Mudiay’s 30, the Nuggets found ample firepower in Chandler’s 22 points before he left the game late with a hamstring injury. Gallinari added 16 while Murray and Gary Harris chipped in 12 apiece to put Denver’s record at 3-3.

Thomas matched his season-high with 30 points, but found little support as Bradley and Smart were the only other Celtics players in double digits with 14 and 13, respectively. Boston fell to its second straight loss after a 3-1 start. 

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