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Celtics defeat Nuggets in a game filled with bloopers as Tatum outduels Jokic

The Boston Celtics (9-3) defeated the Denver Nuggets (8-4) Friday night at TD Garden in a game filled with bloopers that saw also Jayson Tatum outduel Nikola Jokic.

Tatum, 24, finished the night with a game-high 34 points on 11-for-21 shooting from the field, including a couple of triples on seven attempts from deep.

Jokic, 27, put up 29 points, eight rebounds and three assists, but his teammates did not give him the help Tatum received.

Jaylen Brown and Al Horford scored a respective 25 and 21 points for Boston, while Jamal Murray (14), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (15) and Bruce Brown Jr. (16) combined for just 45 points for Denver.

When Jokic isn’t on the floor, the Nuggets struggle, especially with DeAndre Jordan showing his age.

DeAndre Jordan, worst rebounding effort ever

Jordan, 34, drew criticism from Denver fans when he failed to secure a defensive rebound four times in one play.

Celtics guard Payton Pritchard, the smallest player on the field, beat Jordan to the rebound twice.

Michael Porter Jr., meanwhile, got in Jordan’s way in one of the botched rebounds, and overall looked disengaged throughout the entire night.

Porter, 24, went 3-for-10 shooting from the field for a mere seven points in 25 minutes of action.

First-ever free throw wedgie?

Another blooper was when the ball got wedged in between the rim and the backboard off a free throw shot, likely the first time it happens in NBA history.

Grant Williams, the player shooting the free throw, did not get a redo and finished the game with 13 points.

Celtics picked up a fifth consecutive victory and are now second in the East ahead of Saturday’s match against the Detroit Pistons.

Nuggets visit the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

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