Sports - Denver Nuggets

Feb 25, 2011 2:44 AM by Lee Douglas

New-look Nuggets beat short-handed Celtics

DENVER (AP) - Kenyon Martin scored 18 points and newcomer Wilson Chandler chipped in 16 as the Denver Nuggets closed the game with a 16-0 run to beat the shorthanded - and shortened - Boston Celtics 89-75 Thursday night.

The game pitted two teams that reshaped their rosters ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

The Nuggets had a bunch of new players and the Celtics a bunch of empty seats along their bench following a flurry of trades that unloaded a bunch of big men.

Denver played its first game with the five new players who came over in the blockbuster deal that sent star forward Carmelo Anthony and floor leader Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks 48 hours earlier.

Paul Pierce, who led Boston with 17 points, hit a 3-pointer with 6½ minutes remaining that gave Boston a 75-73 lead, but the Celtics wouldn't score again.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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