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Nuggets Vs. Celtics: Boston Defeats Denver, 105-89, George Karl Still Searching For Win No. 1,000

Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl failed in his first attempt to notch career win No. 1000. The task won't be easy in Boston as the Nuggets face the Celtics, the top team in the East.

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Nuggets Vs. Celtics: Boston’s Big Three Defeat Melo-less Nuggets, Karl Remains At 999 Wins

The Denver Nuggets played without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony and looked like it losing to the Boston Celtics 105-89 on Wednesday night.

In Melo's absence, who sat because of slight inflammation of the knee, Ty Lawson stepped up for one of the best nights of his young career. Lawson played 34 minutes and scored a team-high 24 points while dishing out 7 assists.

The Nuggets started out flat and trailed by 19 midway through the first quarter, but closed the gap and were down a mere one point with three minutes left in the first half., a long two by Ray Allen squashed the Nuggets run and the teams went into the locker room with the Celtics up seven.

The Nuggets were outscored by four in the third quarter and five in the fourth, and ended the game with a 16 point loss.

J.R. Smith and Arron Afflalo each contributed 16 to the Nuggets cause, while Al Harrington led the team with eight rebounds. Chauncey Billups was held to five points on 2-10 shooting from the field.

The Big Three did not disappoint for the Celtics scoring 62 of the team's points. Allen led all scorers with 28 points, while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett scored 17 a piece. Garnett also led the team in rebounding with 9 while Rajon Rondo had 14 assists in the win. Shaquille O'Neal also contributed nine points.

Coach George Karl will go for his 1000th win on Friday against the Toronto Raptors in the same building he secured his 900th coaching victory. Tip for that game is 5:00 p.m. MT.

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Nuggets Vs. Celtics: Carmelo Anthony Unavailable For Game Against Boston

The Denver Post is reporting that Denver Nuggets star forward Carmelo Anthony will not play Wednesday due to a slight knee inflammation.

Denver already faced an uphill struggle to get Coach George karl his 1000th career victory on the road against the top team in the Eastern Conference, especially on the second night of a back-to-back, but that task has been made more difficult without the services of their top scorer.

This will be the first game that Anthony will miss completely this season. Denver has an off day tomorrow before travelling to face Toronto on Friday, December 10.

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