Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, drives the lane as Boston Celtics center Al Horford, left, and guard Kyrie Irving, center, defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Jamal Murray simply got caught up in the moment when he hoisted a long shot with the clock winding down.He took some heat for it. No disrespect meant, he maintained.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Three-for-all: Bucks become latest team to set a 3-point mark Denver spotted the Celtics an 18-point lead in the first quarter but quickly made up ground behind Murray, who scored 23 in the first half.In a matchup between two of the league’s top defenses, it was offense that ruled on this night.More specifically, Murray.He took over the game in the fourth quarter, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to give the Nuggets some breathing room. The Celtics even tried to double-team him.It didn’t work.“He was rolling,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “He got a couple of easy ones out of the gate that I think made him feel good. He deserves credit.”The Nuggets needed a big game from Murray because the Celtics found some rhythm. Malone knew it was just a matter of time before a streaky Boston offense started consistently knocking down jumpers. He was just hoping it would happen after Monday.“Their offense is trending in the right direction,” Malone said. “Couple that with their defense, which can be suffocating at times, and that’s what makes them such a dangerous team — a team that’s going to go very, very deep in the playoffs.”TIP-INSCeltics: G Marcus Smart took an elbow to the back of the head from Nikola Jokic in the third quarter. … F Marcus Morris drew a technical in the fourth for arguing a charging call. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “What kind of competitor wouldn’t it bother? I was (mad), but we’re not going to make a big thing about it,” said Kyrie Irving, who scored 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting. “But congratulations to him on 48 points. He did it in a great fashion.”Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the veterans on his team talked to Murray about the late shot.“He’s young. He’s still learning,” Malone said. “You never want to try to disrespect anybody. It wasn’t disrespect. He was trying to get to 50 points.”At 9-1, the Nuggets are earning a measure of respect around the NBA as they’re off to their best start since 1976-77. They’re 6-0 at home, including wins over Golden State and now Boston.“We’ve accomplished nothing,” Murray said. “Keep trusting each other and get the job done.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nuggets: Murray scored 14 of the team’s 19 points in the first quarter. He finished with the most by a Nuggets player since Carmelo Anthony scored 50 on Feb. 7, 2011, against Houston. … Despite some foul trouble, Jokic finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. … Gary Harris and Trey Lyles each added 13 points.NO DOUBTING THIS THOMASStevens raved about Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas, currently sidelined as he rehabs from hip surgery. Thomas played parts of three seasons with Boston.“I can’t say enough great things about him and all the things that he has meant to the Celtics, Celtic fans in and around New England and even in our house,” Stevens said. “He’s an absolute pleasure to be around.”Thomas isn’t expected back until possibly next month, but he’s already having an influence on the Nuggets — with his voice.“We have a relatively quiet group and one thing that everybody knows that’s been around Isaiah is that he’s not quiet,” Malone said. “He brings an energy and a voice and a leadership that we sorely miss.”LESSON LEARNEDMorris believes Murray learned his lesson about shooting with a game in hand.“I know him personally. It was unprofessional,” Morris said. “He’s a young player. He’ll learn.”UP NEXT Murray scored a career-high 48 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets overcame a sluggish start to beat the Boston Celtics 115-107 on Monday night.The point guard knew he was on from his first jumper — a deep 3-pointer. He realized he might have ruffled some feathers with his last — an even deeper 3 in an effort to score 50.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“My emotion took over as it normally does when I get going like that,” Murray explained.Murray was feeling it all night, hitting 19 of 30 shots, including five 3s. He had two attempts to reach 50 points in the final seconds, but missed a reverse layup and then that 3 at the buzzer — one that bothered the Celtics with the game already decided. 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Vendors at the Stabroek Market, one of the busiest in the country, are complaining of the dysfunctional compactor that is unable to properly collect their waste.The vendors recently reached out to Guyana Times to complain that they are forced to work in a filthy and smelly environment, with flies and other pests frequently bothering them and their efforts to make sales.This publication understands that the compactor has been down for a few weeks, hence the buildup of garbage at the market.The drains of the Stabroek Market environs are lined with garbage, while the bins overflow with sameDuring a recent visit to the area, a vegetable vendor whose only name was given as Deborah said she is forced to work in the smelly environs to make ends meet, since she is a single mother. She said the garbage piles and stench run customers away, ultimately affecting her profits. Already, the single mother complained, she has had to thrown away spoilt vegetables on several occasions.Situated not far from where the static compactor had been located are food stalls which have been feeling the brunt of the effects as well. A food vendor who asked to remain anonymous said she is tired of working under such conditions, although they are made to pay heavy fees for using the market’s stalls.She said City Council needs to a better job, and make provision for such events.When contacted, Solid Waste Director at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Walter Narine, explained thus, “We have a static compactor that (does) collect the garbage there, but the compactor is down”.According to him, it has been just over one week since the compactor has been down.Every day, he said, workers are sent to the market area to clean the environment, but this task is very difficult as the market generates a lot of waste.He added that City Hall has been collecting the garbage via bins, and asked that the vendors be patient as the M&CC works to rectify the situation.Georgetown has long been plagued by the issue of pollution and proper waste disposal, and the M&CC itself has been facing some challenges in this regard.Only last November, financial strain at City Hall once again forced principal collectors, Puran Brothers and Cevon’s Waste Management, to withdraw their disposal services.Puran Brothers and Cevon’s Waste Management had said they were owed some $150 million by City Hall. This debt was said to have been outstanding since the second quarter of 2018. Puran Brothers Disposal Service was owed $73 million, while Cevon’s Waste Management was owed $75 million. It was only in March of this year that the debt to those contractors was fully paid off, after Government was again forced to intervene.The Business Development Supervisor of Cevon’s Waste Management told Guyana Times that the respective sums of money due were disbursed by the Communities Ministry to his company and Puran Brothers Disposal Services.The M&CC had hired five smaller contractors after Puran and Cevon’s had taken strike action for their monies. Those contractors are still operating in the city and its environs.