Gomes, Powe Spark Celtics’ Rally
Posted Oct 18 2006 11:51PM
BOSTON, Oct. 18 (Ticker) -- Ryan Gomes got it done when it counted, and Leon Powe gave the Boston Celtics something to think about.
Gomes scored 15 points, including three straight baskets to put Boston ahead for good, and Powe came off the bench to score 11 and grab 15 rebounds, as the Celtics erased a 23-point second-half deficit in a 94-90 preseason victory over the New Jersey Nets.
But the 6-8, 240-pound Powe helped his chances at making the roster Wednesday, pulling down 10 of his boards on the defensive glass.
Powe and Gomes were the major sparks for the Celtics, who trailed, 71-48, with four minutes left in the third quarter and 77-61 entering the final period.
Boston outscored New Jersey, 33-13, in the final quarter.
Paul Pierce, returning to the lineup after sitting out Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks with a strained left hip, added 18 points for the Celtics, who shot 46 percent (33-for-72).
Vince Carterscored 23 points, and center Nenad Krstic added 21 for New Jersey, which shot 39 percent (31-for-79) and fell to 0-4 in the preseason.
Carter, Krstic and Bostjan Nachbar combined for 41 points as the Nets stormed to a 54-36 halftime lead.