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Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  January 7, 2014 07:50 PM

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DENVER -- The Celtics continue their West Coast road trip with perhaps their most winnable game in a rematch with the Nuggets. The Celtics led wire-to-wire in a 106-98 victory over Denver on Dec. 6 at TD Garden. Jordan Crawford led the Celtics with 22 points and Kris Humphries added 18. Humphries is out tonight with a sprained ankle.

The Nuggets have recovered from an eight-game losing streak with two consecutive wins, including a 137-115 victory at the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nuggets had seven players in double figures and scored 77 points in the second half. Former Celtic Nate Robinson scored 21 points off the bench.

STARTING LINEUPS
BOSTON CELTICS (13-21)

PG Avery Bradley
SG Jordan Crawford
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Jared Sullinger

Inactives: MarShon Brooks, Rajon Rondo

DENVER NUGGETS (16-17)
PG Ty Lawson
SG Randy Foye
SF Wilson Chandler
PF Kenneth Faried
C J.J, Hickson

Inactives: Danilo Gallinari, JaVale Mcgee

Officials: Rodney Mott, Steve Anderson, Kevin Scott

TV, radio: 9 p.m., CSNNE, WZLX-FM (100.7)

Pregame notes:

• Jerryd Bayless joined the team Tuesday morning and Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he will play extensively off the bench. Bayless will wear uniform #11, the same worn by former Celtic Courtney Lee.

• Bayless said he is "excited" to be in Boston and hopes to find a permanent home. The Celtics are his fifth team in six seasons.

• The Nuggets will be without veteran Andre Miller, likely until he is traded. Coach Brian Shaw said Miller, although active, will remain away from the team. He had been unhappy with his role.

• Stevens said MarShon Brooks is likely to return from NBADL Maine following two more games. Brooks is actually in Reno, Nev. playing in the D-League Showcase.

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