Here are the NBA Highlights from Sunday, November 6th:
Denver 123, Boston 107
When: 7:30 PM ET, Sunday, November 6
Where: TD Garden, Boston
BOSTON — Emmanuel Mudiay erupted for 24 of his career high-matching 30 points in the first quarter and Wilson Chandler scored 15 of his 22 in the second, powering the Denver Nuggets to a 123-107 blowout of the undermanned Boston Celtics Sunday night. Mudiay, who went 0-for-7 from the floor in Saturday night’s 109-86 loss at Detroit, was 9-for-10 in the opening quarter, 3-for-6 from 3-point range. He came into the game 19-for-70 overall for the season, 3-for-15 from behind the arc.
Chandler didn’t score in the first but took over for Mudiay in the second, as Denver (3-3) built up a 25-point lead in the first half and then held off any attempts for the Celtics to rally. Boston could get no closer than 15 in the second half. Chandler left the game in the second half due to a left hamstring strain.
The Celtics, who have lost 57 straight games when trailing by at least 20 points (38 under Brad Stevens), left to a chorus of boos trailing by 25 points, and yielding 77, at the half. Boston (3-3 with two straight losses) was missing starters Al Horford (concussion) and Jae Crowder (ankle), while Kelly Olynyk is still waiting to make his season debut after shoulder surgery.
Isaiah Thomas tried to keep the Celtics competitive, scoring season high-matching 30 points — and he has at least 23 in each of the first six games of the season.
Saturday night in Detroit, the Nuggets fell behind 10-0 and trailed 29-12 at the end of the first quarter. They never caught up and coach Michael Malone said he was tired of poor starts and that he would change his starting lineup.
The only change turned out to be Gary Harris for Jamal Murray and this time it took Denver 4:10 to get past the 12 points scored in the first 12 minutes Saturday. Mudiay scored five early and then caught fire later in the quarter.
Danilo Gallinari scored 16 points, Harris posted 12 and Kenneth Faried came off the bench with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Avery Bradley scored 14 points and Marcus Smart 13 for the Celtics, who also got a career-high eight points off the bench from little-used Jordan Mickey.
NOTES: Boston C Kelly Olynyk, questionable to make his 2106-17 debut after offseason surgery, was again out, joining teammates Al Horford (concussion) and F Jae Crowder (ankle) on the sidelines. Olynyk was working out on the floor before the Celtics came out for pre-game warmups. “I think he’s getting really close,” said Boston coach Brad Stevens. “But I think certainly it’s we want him to feel 110 percent. You know, kind of our target date in the back of our minds has always been mid-November. We’re not quite there yet.” … G Will Barton (ankle) remained out for the Nuggets. … The Celtics swept the two-game season series with Denver each of the last two seasons. … The Nuggets, who have played only one home game, finish their five-game road trip Tuesday night at Memphis, while the Celtics visit Washington Wednesday and will be in the D.C. hotel rooms on Election Night.
PHOENIX – (wire Service Report) – The Arizona Diamondbacks will name Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo as their new manager, according to multiple reports. Lovullo, 51, has spent the last four seasons with the Red Sox as manager John Farrell’s bench coach. Lovullo served a 49-game stint as Boston’s interim manager during the 2015 season when Farrell went on medical leave to undergo treatment for lymphoma. Under Lovullo, the Red Sox went 28-21. Lovullo returned to his job as bench coach in 2016 and the Red Sox won the American League East.
Lovullo was at the top of the Diamondbacks’ list as soon as general manager Mike Hazen was hired in mid-October. Hazen was general manager of the Red Sox but did not have final say over baseball operations with Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations. Hazen replaced Dave Stewart, who was fired by Arizona at the end of the season along with manager Chip Hale. Hazen had been with Boston since 2006 and was on the staff of two World Series championship teams in 2007 and 2013.
Primarily a second baseman, Lovullo played parts of eight seasons in the major leagues from 1988-99. He retired from playing after spending the 2000 season with the Yakult Swallows in Japan.
Lovullo started his minor league managing career in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2002. His record as a minor league manager was 661-609.
The Diamondbacks have scheduled a press conference on Monday to introduce Lovullo.
NY Rangers 5, Boston 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 5, 2016
Where: TD Garden, Boston
BOSTON — New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was happy his team got out of TD Garden with its fourth straight victory on Saturday night.
“We didn’t play our best game but we found a way to make a couple of plays and beat one of the goaltenders that had been one of the hottest so far in the league,” Vigneault said after the Rangers handed Tuukka Rask his first loss in seven games in a 5-2 win.
The victory ended the Bruins’ winning streak at three in a row.
Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes scored shorthanded goals and Antti Raanta made 35 saves for the 9-3-0 Rangers, who beat the Bruins for the second time in 11 nights.
“It’s a challenge for me to play this type of game,” said Raanta, who is 3-0-0 backing up Henrik Lundqvist this season. “There was a lot of shots coming from bad angles. They played well in front of me so it made it a little bit easier.”
Stepan, who also had two assists, defenseman Matt Holden and rookie Pavel Buchnevich all scored their first goals of the season – Buchnevich the first of his NHL career, on the power play. After the game, Buchnevich, beaming with the commemorative puck, phoned home – to his dad in Russia.
It was the first time the Rangers, who were backed by a large contingent of their vocal fans, scored two shorthanded goals in a game since March 30, 2014, against the Edmonton Oilers. The shorthanded goals were the second and third of the season scored against the Bruins, who have the same number of power-play goals (in 38 attempts).
“It wasn’t good tonight,” coach Claude Julien said. “Definitely our power play hasn’t been up to par, we know that; we’ve got to fix that.”
Boston is 2-for-32 on the power play in the last nine games.
Holden scored with the teams at even strength to tie the game 1-1 and Buchnevich took a pass from Stepan and scored a power-play goal that made it 4-1 with 13:37 left.
Denver at Boston
When: 7:30 PM ET, Sunday, November 6, 2016
Where: TD Garden, Boston
BOSTON – (Wire Service Preview) – The Boston Celtics still will be without center Al Horford when they host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, but they may have another big man back in the fold. While Horford already has been ruled out for the second straight game due to a concussion, Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) has a chance to make his season debut.
“That’s going to be completely his and (team trainer Eddie Lacerte’s) call,” coach Brad Stevens told reporters at practice on Saturday. “But he’s getting a lot better. Like I said, he’s right around the corner here.” Olynyk would provide another solid shooter for a team that entered Saturday’s action leading the NBA in field-goal percentage (49.4) and coming off a 122-point showing – albeit in a loss – at Cleveland. Isaiah Thomas scored 30 points and Avery Bradley added 26 for the Celtics, who have won four straight games against Denver and six in a row at home. The Nuggets are 1-2 on their five-game road trip after falling 103-86 in Detroit on Saturday.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Altitude2 (Denver), CSN New England (Boston)
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (2-3): Wilson Chandler came off the bench to score 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting against Detroit, but his teammates shot a collective 28.9 percent. One of the primary culprits was point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who missed all seven of his shots and is 4-of-25 over the last two games. Jusuf Nurkic recorded his second double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) and is averaging one for the season (15.2, 10.6).
ABOUT THE CELTICS (3-2): With Horford and Olynyk out and forward Jae Crowder missing due to an ankle injury, Boston has rushed rookie Jaylen Brown into more prominent duty. He scored a season-high 19 points in 35 minutes while guarding LeBron James in the loss to Cleveland, chipping in three steals and three 3-pointers in an impressive all-around effort. Thomas missed all six of his 3-point tries but was perfect on 14 free-throw attempts as he scored at least 23 points for the fifth time in as many games this season.
1. Six of Boston’s top eight scorers are shooting at least 50 percent.
2. Denver is 7-35 all-time in Boston.
3. Bradley averaged 23.5 points while hitting eight 3-pointers in two wins over the Nuggets last season.