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Iverson, Nuggets aim to bounce back at Boston

Nov 7, 2007 - 3:28 PM Denver (2-2) at Boston (2-0) 7:30 pm EST

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson and the Denver Nuggets endured a rough ending to their East Coast opener. A day later, they will be faced with the tough task of bouncing back against Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics.

The Nuggets continue their four-game tour of the Eastern Conference when they visit the Garnett and the new-look Celtics on Wednesday.

The first leg of the trip did not go so well, as Denver dropped a hard-fought 119-112 decision to the New York Knicks.

Despite suffering a badly cut lip late in the fourth quarter, Iverson finished with 32 points, five assists and four steals for the Nuggets, who were outscored by a 37-20 margin in the fourth quarter.

Known mostly for his offensive game, Iverson has been making strides on defense this campaign, collecting 15 steals through the first four outings.

Denver center Marcus Camby, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, will be counted on heavily Wednesday when he matchups up with Garnett.

Making his second appearance with the Celtics since being acquired in an offseason blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Garnett collected 23 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday's 98-95 overtime triumph over the Toronto Raptors.

Fellow newcomer Ray Allen also delivered an outstanding performance, scoring 33 points and drilling the game-winning 3-pointer in the extra session.

Boston's three-headed monster of Garnett, Allen and Paul Pierce should be able to pile up plenty of points against a Denver team that allows 95.7 points.