TD Bank Garden · Boston
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By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press
BOSTON—Doc Rivers wants the Boston Celtics to be tough - not violent.
The message came too late for Rajon Rondo.
The Celtics point guard was ejected from Wednesday night's game against the Nets when he retaliated for a hard foul against Kevin Garnett by shoving Brooklyn forward Kris Humphries into the courtside seats. Rondo, Humphries and Nets forward Gerald Wallace were ejected, and Brooklyn held on to win 95-83.
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By Brian Robb, for NBA.com
THE STAT: The Celtics turned the ball over 13 times in the first half, matching their season average over just the first 24 minutes of the contest. The careless play allowed Brooklyn to build a double-digit lead before the half.
TURNING POINT: Trailing 14-9 once Garnett exited the game with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Nets turned the game upside down with a 37-12 run over the next 15 minutes, building a 21-point lead in the process. After the extended run, the Celtics got no closer than nine points over the remainder of the contest.
HOT: Jerry Stackhouse. The 40-year-old guard has turned back the clock with his shooting, hitting 5-for-6 on the night, all from beyond the arc, as he finished with 17 points. Dating back to Monday's win over the Knicks, Stackhouse has now made nine of his past 11 3-pointers.
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Jerry Stackhouse (17 points, 3 steals, 22 minutes) took six shots – all threes – and connected on five, a Nets individual season high. Stack is now 15-of-28 (.536) from long-range...With Brook Lopez (9 points, 10 rebounds) limited to just 17 1/2 minutes due to foul trouble, Andray Blatche posted season highs in points (17), rebounds (13 – 8 offensive) and minutes (29), shooting 7-of-14 and adding two steals...Joe Johnson finished with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists...C.J. Watson attacked the rim, converting 7-of-10 free-throw attempts as he totaled 13 points...Reggie Evans (10 rebounds) pulled down double-digit boards for a fifth straight game.
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Kris Humphries||C · Brook Lopez|
Toko Shengelia (sprained left thumb) was OUT.
|G · Rajon Rondo||G · Jason Terry||F · Paul Pierce||F · Brandon Bass||C · Kevin Garnett|
Avery Bradley (shoulder surgeries) was OUT.
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17 PTS, 13 REB
7-14 FGs, 2 STL
|"It's not about being tough or anything like that, we just don't back down from anybody. We did a good job of keeping our composure. They made a little run in the second half. We were able to withstand that, keep our focus mentally and finish the game."|