Celtics lose 114-105 to Isaiah Thomas and the Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets landed in Boston with the second best record in the Western Conference and handed the Celtics their 27th loss of the season with a 114-105 W.

Overlooked by Isaiah Thomas' return, the Nuggets rode Nikola Jokic (21 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds) and Will Barton (20 points, four rebounds) to the win in Beantown.

Denver used a 34-25 fourth quarter to clinch the victory at the TD Garden.

The Celtics were led by Kyrie Irving's 30 points and Al Horford (20 points, six assists, six rebounds).

The night was highlighted, though, by the return of Thomas who was given a tribute video during the first quarter:

Thomas didn't do much in his six minutes of action, dishing out two assists while shooting 0-of-2 from the field.

Marcus Smart added 10 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in a losing effort. Boston remains a game behind the Indiana Pacers for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

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