The Boston Celtics haven't lost many games this season, but when they have, they've had no trouble bouncing back.
The Celtics will be trying to rebound from just their fourth loss of the season on Friday when they visit Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets.
Boston lost for only the second time at home on Wednesday, falling 95-83 to Charlotte, which entered the game an Eastern Conference-worst 1-11 on the road. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Celtics (29-4) and spoiled their bid for the fastest start in team history to 30 wins. The 1959-60 Celtics went 30-4 en route to an NBA title.
Boston also failed to win 10 straight games for the first time since a 14-game run in 1985-86, the last season it won a title.
"We aren't going to win every game of the season," said Paul Pierce, who had 13 points on just 4-of-14 shooting. "We have to expect everybody's best, and it was one of Charlotte's best games. We took one on the chin, and we've got to bounce back."
The Celtics, who are 13-2 on the road, have won by an average of 31 points in their three previous games following a loss - including a 104-59 home win over New York on Nov. 29.
"It's one game. We won nine in a row before that. This is not an ice patch," Pierce said.
"Like I said, we're not going to win every game. These teams, they're NBA teams also, and on any given night, we can be beat by anybody. Tonight was just one of those nights."
Kevin Garnett chipped in 24 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, who shot just 42 percent.
"It was our execution," coach Doc Rivers said. "It was our defensive execution. But listen, guys, we scored 83 points, too, you know. We have to be a better offensive team as well."
Ray Allen, who is averaging 18.0 points, missed the game with a pinched nerve in his neck. However, Rivers expected both Allen and forward Glen Davis, who missed the game with a sore right knee, to return against New Jersey.
Boston has won three straight against New Jersey (18-17), including two victories this season. The Celtics beat the Nets 91-69 at home on Nov. 14 in the most recent meeting.
The Celtics will be trying to slow down Kidd, who on Wednesday just missed becoming the first player to record four straight triple-doubles since Michael Jordan in 1989. Kidd had 16 points, 11 assists and five rebounds, but sat out the fourth quarter as the Nets cruised to a 99-88 win over Seattle.
"If I was 6-8, the rebounds would have come a little easier," said Kidd, who played just under 29 minutes - well below his average of 37.5. "I would rather take the rest and get the win. If I had had nine rebounds, maybe. At five, I'll let someone else lead the team in rebounds."
Kidd has 1,287 career 3-pointers, moving him into sole possession of 14th place in NBA history ahead of Mookie Blaylock (1,283). He is also six assists shy of passing Knicks coach Isiah Thomas (9,061) for fifth place in league history.
Richard Jefferson chipped in 28 points for the Nets, who have won six of seven and bounced back from a 115-99 defeat in Charlotte on Tuesday. New Jersey also won its third straight at home.
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