LAS VEGAS — The Denver Nuggets came into their second Summer League game shorthanded. Tyler Lydon and Thomas Welsh, two starters who suited up Friday, weren’t in the lineup. Lydon was resting while Welsh was out with a sore shoulder. Their absence meant the Nuggets were depending heavily on their starting backcourt of Monte Morris and Malik Beasley. Those two delivered as Denver scored an 82-69 upset win over the Boston Celtics.

Beasley came out of the gates hot and finished with 19 points on 13 shots. Hit hit a pair of three-pointers and five of the six free throws he attempted. After committing five turnovers Saturday, he did a better job of taking care of the ball. He was only charged with two giveaways.

Morris, meanwhile, was his usual steady self. He scored 14 points and handed out a team-high six assists. He expertly navigated pick and rolls for a second straight game.

“I’m a natural P.G.,” he said after Friday’s game. “I’ve been playing it all my life. When I come off ball screens I’m looking at the back side. I’m not even looking at what’s in front of me.”

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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.