Gary Harris

Mudiay's Fast Start Helps Nuggets Cruise By Celtics 123-107

Emmanuel Mudiay scored 24 of his season-high 30 points in the opening quarter, helping the Denver Nuggets to a big first half Sunday night on their way to a 123-107 win over the injury-depleted Boston Celtics.

Wilson Chandler added 22 points before leaving with a left hamstring injury. Danilo Gallinari scored 16, and Gary Harris and Jamal Murray each had 12 for the Nuggets, who lost 16 of the previous 18 meetings in Boston.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston, tying his season high with 30 points. Avery Bradley had 14.

The Celtics were missing starters Jae Crowder (sprained left ankle) and high-priced free agent acquisition Al Horford (concussion protocol).

Mudiay, who...