Channelling their inner-Rajon Rondo in front of a national television office, the Boston Celtics put together a strong performance in holding off a pesky Denver team, 106-98.

All the big-time shots, the rebounds, the assists - the stuff that Rondo, still out with a torn right ACL injury, usually does in nationally televised games - was covered by his teammates.

Jordan Crawford continues to do a better-than-expected job of running the team's offense at the point, had 22 points to go with eight assists and four rebounds.

Maybe the biggest surprise of the night was Kris Humphries, who came off the bench to score 18 points which doubled his season-high scoring, along with seven rebounds.

Boston (9-12) also got strong games from Avery Bradley and Jeff Green who had 18 and 15 points, respectively.

The win was Boston's third in a row at home while handing Denver a second straight loss after the Nuggets had previously won seven in a row.

But this victory, like so many for the Celtics this season, did not come easy.

After a dominant first half, the Celtics were on the short end of a 9-0 run to start the third quarter by Denver.

Credit the Nuggets for getting off to a better start than the one they had to start the game.

But the Celtics opened the third quarter settling for jumpers instead of attacking the paint and looking to score around the basket - the things they did in the first half which helped them bolt out to a commanding lead.