CELTICS 124, NUGGETS 118

Celtics beat the Nuggets at their own game

Boston, MA: 12-13-17: The Celtics Kyrie Irving jumps up from the bench to signal

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Defense took a back seat Wednesday as the Celtics’ offense came alive and more than matched the quick-strike Nuggets.

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) scores against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during overtime of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Detroit. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Bruins 3, Red Wings 2 (OT)

Two sweet plays by Brad Marchand saved the Bruins’ day

A brilliant pass set up a late game-tying goal, then an overtime strike sealed Boston’s ninth victory in its last 11 games.

Peter Abraham

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/858510036.jpg Agent Scott Boras believes he has a giant in J.D. Martinez

Boras has called Martinez, a possible Red Sox target, the King Kong of slugging percentage.

NICK CAFARDO I ON BASEBALL

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Hosmer is not a power hitter, but he is the type of run producer Dave Dombrowski is looking for.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

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The free agent utilityman who hit .321 in 38 games for the Red Sox last season is recovering from a late-season knee injury.

New England Patriots offensive tackle Marcus Cannon during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)

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PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Patriots place OL Marcus Cannon on injured reserve

The team officially signed Kenny Britt and brought back Ricky Jean-Francois, releasing Jonathan Freeny and Bernard Reedy.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws from the sidelines, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski back at Patriots practice Wednesday

The QB had missed the last three midweek sessions, and the tight end returned following his one-game suspension.

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The difference in attitudes comes from the head coaches.

STEELERS NOTEBOOK

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Bell injured his groin in the first quarter of last season AFC Championship game vs. New England.

Boston, MA May 1, 2017: The first pitch to the Orioles Manny Machado was uneventful. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Baltimore Orioles in a regular season MLB base ball game at Fenway Park. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis)

Red Sox called the Orioles about Manny Machado

The call was likely due diligence, wanting to make sure they checked in on such a significant player.

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio, left, and University of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz pose for a picture on the field at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. The Pinstripe Bowl, which will feature the University of Iowa versus Boston College, will be played in Yankee Stadium on Dec. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Julian Benbow

BC football coach Steve Addazio got what he wanted: Pinstripe Bowl

The Eagles will play at Yankee Stadium for the second time in four years.

SEASON TICKET PODCAST

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/08/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/seasonticket_300-14622.jpg Two Harlem Globetrotters talk Kyrie Irving, world records, and performing for the Pope

Chris “Handles” Franklin and Briana “Hoops” Green join sports editor and guest host Joe Sullivan on today’s episode.

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana reacts as he comes home after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Bill Kostroun/AP

Red Sox have engaged in talks with Carlos Santana’s agents

The team is looking to see how its talks with Scott Boras on Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez play out.

Chad Finn

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Tom Brady is 7-1 through the years in the game after a road loss to Miami, and 10-2 against the Steelers.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/09/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/hayward3jpg-001.jpg Gordon Hayward continues to make strides in recovery

The Celtics’ forward who was injured in the season opener has been cleared to stop wearing a protective walking boot on his injured left ankle.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/c2c5b6b3806143a3880da6f562d67997-c2c5b6b3806143a3880da6f562d67997-0.jpg After a long layoff, Paul Postma makes his way back to Bruins lineup

Reliable defenseman Kevan Miller is back in Boston after the birth of his child Tuesday night.

SPORTS LOG

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Rebuilding Detroit no longer needs the veteran second baseman.

ALEX SPEIER

That time the Red Sox almost traded for Giancarlo Stanton

The Red Sox didn’t come close this time, but nearly acquired Stanton at the 2008 trade deadline.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) celebrates after Antonio Brown made a touchdown catch during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Keith Srakocic/AP

View from Pittsburgh: Fresh off suspension, JuJu Smith-Schuster vows to keep playing physical

“I don’t want to be conservative. I’m still going to play the way I play,” the receiver said.

NFL notebook

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Rodgers suffered a collarbone injury nearly two months ago, and now he’s on schedule to start Sunday.

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The ninth-year pro had 1,000 yards receiving last year, but struggled this season and was released by the Browns.