The Celtics have built a reputation based on hustle and scrappiness throughout the 2015-16 season. Those attributes were showcased prominently during a fourth quarter sequence in Denver Sunday night that was the highlight of Boston’s 121-101 win over the Nuggets.
Evan Turner started the impressive string of effort plays by poking the ball away from Denver center Jusuf Nurkic. Marcus Smart dove after the loose ball and managed to tap it between two Denver players down the court to a streaking Turner.
Even though Smart put a little too much force behind his outlet pass, Turner didn’t break his sprint. He managed to track the ball down before falling out of bounds at the other end of the court, relaying it to a trailing Avery Bradley for a layup.
C's showing incredible hustle and determination! Check it out: pic.twitter.com/325UftYKaS— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 22, 2016
“A lot of guys would have stopped and watched,’’ Brad Stevens told reporters in Denver. “Those are plays that help you win. You feel like you’re going to win the game, or at least you’ve given yourself a good chance when you make plays like that.’’
The inspired play by Boston’s backcourt was a constant throughout their blowout win, as the team bounced back from an ugly loss in Utah Friday night to earn their second straight road win in Denver.
The Celtics will look to close out their three-game road trip on a winning note Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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