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GAME 7: CELTICS 89, NETS 70

TD Garden
January 4, 2012

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BOSTONPaul Pierce scored 11 of his 24 points in the third quarter, enabling the Boston Celtics to pull away from the shorthanded Nets for an 89-70 win. The victory extends Boston's winning streak to four. The Nets, despite playing without Deron Williams (ribs) and Kris Humphries (shoulder) managed to hang with Boston during a sloppy first half, leading the contest 35-34 at the break.

Boston's offense awoke from its slumber in the third quarter with 29 points, thanks to Pierce and Brandon Bass who added 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. MarShon Brooks led the Nets in his first career start with 17, but left the game with a sprained left ankle early in the fourth quarter. With this latest setback, the Nets have now lost six straight games.


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or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.


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ROOKIE WATCH: MarShon Brooks looked terrific for much of the first half, scoring 15 of his 17 points early on a variety of forceful drives to the basket. His production slowed after the ankle injury, but he finished with an impressive line of 17 points, two rebounds and two steals. Postgame X-rays were negative, and he is listed as "day-to-day."

TURNING POINT: After a see-saw first half, Boston broke open a one-point lead midway through the 3rd quarter with a 16-3 run, building a 14-point deficit to end the frame the Nets were unable to recover from.

For more, read Brian Robb's NBA.com notebook: Click Here


NETS NOTES F Damion James left the game with 1:03 remaining in the second quarter due to a sore right foot. He did not return, and is listed as day-to-day...G Jordan Farmar played 27 minutes off the bench in Deron's absence, posting 11 points and tying Sundiata Gaines for the team lead with 6 assists...F Shelden Williams led the Nets with 9 rebounds, adding 8 points and 2 steals.


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LINE OF THE NIGHT
ONCOURT

MarShon Brooks
34 MIN
17 PTS, 2 STL
7-16 FG, 1-3 3P
OFFCOURT

Avery Johnson
On the Celtics' D in the 2nd half:

"They really turned up the pressure, clamped us down and smothered us. They're a championship team with a lot of experience."



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