Ford Keys to the Game: Nets 114, Celtics 98

Nets 114, Celtics 98 - Brooklyn, NY
By Marc D'Amico, March 21, 2014

Key Moment

Avery Bradley put on a show during the second quarter but it was Joe Johnson’s third-quarter performance that decided Friday’s game. Brooklyn downed Boston 114-98 thanks in large part to Johnson’s 16 points during the third.

Johnson finished that period by scoring Brooklyn’s final nine points. The final six points of that stretch were back-breakers for the Celtics.

The first basket was incredibly impressive. Johnson ran into the right corner of the court and as he came to a stop facing the Celtics bench, caught a pass from Jorge Gutierrez. In one smooth motion, the All-Star guard then pivoted on his left foot, turned to the basket and swished home a 3-pointer. Johnson cashed in on another 3-pointer on Brooklyn’s next possession, this time from straight away and 28 feet out.

The second of Johnson’s consecutive 3-pointers put Brooklyn on top by 18. Boston never cut that deficit to less than 15 points for the remainder of the night.

Key Box Score Line

Despite suffering a 114-98 loss at the hands of the Nets on Friday, the Celtics managed to exit the Barclays Center with one big positive. Avery Bradley is back.

Bradley notched his second consecutive 20-point performance by dropping a game-high 28 points on Brooklyn. He shot 12-of-19 from the field and 4-of-9 from 3-point range.

The stellar scoring performance was highlighted by an incredible second-quarter spurt. Bradley scored 18 points in the second period on 8-of-8 shooting. He accounted for Boston’s first 11 points of the frame.

Bradley also pitched in four rebounds, an assist, a steal and one block during his 35 minutes of action. His plus/minus rating was at least 10 points better than every other Celtics starter.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Rajon Rondo tallied a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists.
  • Kelly Olynyk's six fouls were three-times more than any Nets player committed.
  • Seven Nets were whistled for two fouls each.
  • Both teams committed 11 turnovers.
  • Avery Bradley matched a career high in the scoring column with a game-high 28 points.
  • Brooklyn shot 56.4 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from 3-point range.
  • Kris Humphries' eight boards were a game high.
  • Brooklyn totaled 30 assists.
  • Rondo was the only Celtics played to dish out more than two assists.
  • Bradley was the game's top scorer despite not attempting a free throw.
  • Joe Johnson scored 27 points and shot 6-of-8 on 3s.
  • Mason Plumlee scored 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field.
  • Both teams scored 22 points in the fourth quarter.
  • Brooklyn scored 62 points in the paint to Boston's 30.
  • Rondo was the only player in the game to play more than 35 minutes.

Quote of the Night

We're going to send him out and back to the locker room every game so that he hits shots like that.
Brad Stevens on Avery Bradley's 18-point second quarter after leaving during the first quarter to have his ankle re-taped

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