The second half of Tuesday night’s game between Boston and Brooklyn began just the way the Celtics wanted it to. They scored 13 points in the first 2:21 of the frame to tie the game up at 60-60.
Jason Kidd has been crushed by the media during his first season as a head coach, but the move he made in response to Boston’s 13-4 run may have saved the game. He called for a timeout at the 9:39 mark, with the score knotted up at 60-60, and everything changed after that.
Brooklyn responded with a spurt of its own that put this game comfortably in its favor. The Nets came out of that timeout and scored 10 consecutive points to go on top 70-60. The run extended to 25-8, allowing Brooklyn to climb on top 85-78, its largest lead of the game, with 1:14 remaining in the third.
Four of Brooklyn’s five players on the floor scored during that initial 10-0 run. During the overall 25-8 run, Deron Williams led the Nets with seven points, while Brook Lopez scored six, Alan Anderson scored four, and Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Andray Blatche scored two apiece.
Boston was unable to make a true run for the win from that point on in the game. The Celtics crawled to within five points in the final two minutes but were unable to get over the hump in a 104-96 loss.
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Avery Bradley was the man who finally knocked Jordan Crawford out of the top scoring slot for the Celtics. Crawford had led Boston in scoring over the last three games but he couldn’t keep up with Bradley on Tuesday.
Bradley led the Celtics in scoring with 22 points thanks to his 8-of-16 shooting performance. He was the only starter who shot 50 percent or better during the game. Bradley also chipped in three boards and two steals during his team-high 37 minutes and 21 seconds of action.
The telling stat of his box score is his plus-three in the plus/minus category. Bradley made an impact at both ends, allowing the Celtics to outscore the Nets by three points while he was on the floor.
Box Score Nuggets
- Brooklyn scored 48 points in the paint.
- No player on the Nets grabbed more than one steal, while three Celtics (Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and Kris Humphries) each grabbed two.
- Brooklyn scored at least 25 points in each of the first three quarters.
- Deron Williams finished with game highs of 25 points and seven assists.
- Brandon Bass grabbed a game-high 11 boards and also scored 13 points to account for the game's only double-double.
- The Celtics committed just 11 turnovers.
- Brook Lopez scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting.
- Paul Pierce notched four points, seven rebounds and three assists in his first career game against the Celtics.
- Bradley led the Celtics with 22 points.
- Neither team scored more than 10 fast break points.
- Brooklyn made 62.1 percent of its 2-pointers.
- Eight players in the game shot 100 percent from the free-throw line.
Quote of the Night
It's very special. We always give ourselves a chance to win the game. No matter how much time is left, we're going to fight until the end. Jeff Green on the Celtics' characteristic of not giving upMore quotes >>