Paul Pierce scored 26 points, Kevin Garnett added 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics shot 72 percent during an overpowering first half en route to a 119-92 home victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
Boston improved to 3-0 overall and has won both its home games by an average of 24 points. Ray Allen scored 22 points and is shooting 63 percent since joining the Celtics.
The Celtics barely broke a sweat in building a 77-38 halftime lead. Boston had multiple uncontested layups, dunks and an array of dazzling passes, outrebounded Denver 25-9 and dominated essentially every statistic on the box score.
Allen Iverson led the Nuggets with 22 points, but Carmelo Anthony was held to only 11 on 3-of-13 shooting. Denver dropped an emotional game on Tuesday in New York, 119-112, after blowing a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and has lost three straight overall.
Iverson appeared to be the only Nuggets player fazed by the huge early deficit. After Eduardo Najera picked up a technical early in the second quarter with Denver trailing 50-25, Iverson barked to referee Scott Wall, "We're down 25, isn't that enough?"
Celtics coach Doc Rivers returned for Boston after missing a game due to the death of his father.
Garnett, who also chipped in with seven assists, gave Boston its biggest lead of the game at 91-50 when he converted an alley-oop dunk from Pierce with 4:30 left in the third quarter.
Boston shot 65 percent for the game and has won 16 of the last 18 home games against the Nuggets.
Boston jumped ahead 38-22 after the first quarter behind 28 points from the trio of Garnett, Allen and Pierce. The Celtics extended the lead to 47-22 with a 9-0 run to begin the second quarter.
Boston recorded its franchise high of 85 points in a half two separate times, both against the Nuggets.
HAWKS 105, SUNS 96: At Atlanta, Josh Smith scored 22 points, rookie Al Horford led a dominant performance on the boards and the beat another 60-win team from last season, holding off Steve Nash and the Suns. The Hawks, who haven't made the playoffs since 1999, got back to .500 in a brutal opening stretch of games and added to their opening-night win over Dallas.
76ERS 94, BOBCATS 63: At Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala scored 19 points, Willie Green had 14 and the 76ers jumped on Charlotte early and never let up in a win, sending the Bobcats back to .500 after a brief undefeated streak. The Bobcats played without point guard Raymond Felton after he hurt his left knee a night earlier against Phoenix. Without the speedy Felton leading Charlotte's up-tempo offense, the Bobcats flopped from the start. Charlotte started 2-0 making it the first time the fourth-year team had ever been two games above .500 at any point. Matt Carroll scored 16 points, Emeka Okafor had 11 points and 11 rebounds, but the Bobcats had 29 turnovers.
MAGIC 105, RAPTORS 96: At Toronto, Hedo Turkoglu had 24 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, Rashard Lewis scored 24 points, and the Magic beat the Raptors. Keith Bogans had 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Dwight Howard added 17 points. One night after he failed to make a field goal for just the second time in his NBA career, Toronto's Chris Bosh scored 26 points, going 6-for-15 from the floor and making all 14 of his free throw attempts. Bosh also had 10 rebounds. Andrea Bargnani had 16 points for Toronto, while T.J. Ford had 12 points and eight assists.
CLIPPERS 104, PACERS 89: At Indianapolis, Sam Cassell scored 35 points to lead the Clippers over the Pacers in a matchup of unbeaten teams. Cassell was 13-for-20 from the field to tie his highest point total since he joined the Clippers in 2005. Chris Kaman added 15 points and 22 rebounds for the Clippers (4-0). Los Angeles guard Cuttino Mobley left the game holding his right groin with 6:41 remaining in the first quarter and did not return. Mobley scored 33 points on Tuesday night against the Bulls.
SPURS 88, HEAT 78: At San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 25 points, Tony Parker added 23, and thepurs kept the Miami Heat winless. Ginobili hit four of the Spurs' seven 3-pointers and scored 12 points in the third quarter, after San Antonio led by only one at halftime. Tim Duncan scored 12 points and Francisco Elson had 12 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio. Parker had eight assists and Duncan grabbed eight rebounds.
GRIZZLIES 105, SONICS 98: At Seattle, veterans told Kevin Durant there would be nights like this. And just about everybody told the rookie's SuperSonics there would be a season like this.
TRAIL BLAZERS 93, NEW ORLEANS 90: At Portland, Ore., Martell Webster and Jarrett Jack each scored 20 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers earned their first victory of the season by beating the previously undefeated New Orleans Hornets.
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