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Feb 21, 2010 9:07 PM

Smith's big 4th quarter helps Nuggets top Celtics

DENVER (AP) - J.R. Smith scored 16 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Denver Nuggets recovered from blowing an early 20-point lead to beat the Boston Celtics 114-105 Sunday.

Chauncey Billups had 26 points and Carmelo Anthony had 23 for the Nuggets, who avoided back-to-back losses for the first time since late December with the victory over the NBA's top road team.

Ray Allen had 25 points and Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Marquis Daniels added 15 points each for the Celtics, who lost for the first time in their last four road games. They remain an NBA-best 20-10 away from home.

Boston trailed by 20 points late in the first quarter. But the Celtics tied the game in the third period.

Smith hit four 3-pointers in the fourth to hold off the Celtics.

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