With just under five minutes to go, Kris Humphries took a seat at the far end of the Celtics bench, accompanied by a roaring ovation from the TD Garden crowd.
The first-year Celtic had just put forward his best performance in green, scoring 18 points in 24 minutes, both season highs, as Boston defeated the Denver Nuggets, 106-98, Friday night.
Humphries helped the Celtics fend off the Nuggets’ ferocious comeback bid in the third quarter and scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half.
He put an emphatic stamp on Boston’s electric first half when he slammed home a dunk despite a hard foul, and then pinned Jordan Hamilton’s layup against the glass as the buzzer sounded in the second quarter. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.