Ben Couch · (@viewfromcouch)
|TV Companion Enhanced Boxscore | Play-By-Play|
By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
BROOKLYN—Rajon Rondo lost his cool, and any chance at history, in the second quarter when Boston last met Brooklyn.
This time, the second period featured some of the best basketball the Celtics have played this season.
Rondo scored 19 points in his first full game against the Nets this season, and the Celtics won 93-76 on Tuesday in another game with some heated moments between the division rivals.
Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
By Jake Appleman, for NBA.com
THE STAT: The Nets' 20 turnovers hampered their ability to remain in the game.
TURNING POINT: In drawing a charge far away from the basket, feeding Jared Sullinger for a layup, and sinking a 3-pointer, Rajon Rondo helped the Celtics close out the third quarter on a 5-0 run while stopping the Nets' charge back into the game. The Celtics entered the fourth quarter up 73-58 and weren't really challenged in the final frame.
Read the full Game Notebook on NBA.com.
Andray Blatche (6 points, 3 blocks) and Reggie Evans (5 points) each pulled down 7 rebounds...Joe Johnson hit 3 three-pointers (8 attempts) for a fourth straight game...The Nets are now 4-4 on Christmas Day.
Players and coaches from both teams provided gifts to youth from the New Yrok City Department of Youth and Community Development during a pregame ceremony on-court. Additionally, players, coaches and the scorer's table staff wore green ribbons in remembrance of the lives lost during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Keith Bogans||F · Gerald Wallace||C · Brook Lopez|
Kris Humphries (mild abdominal strain) is OUT.
|G · Rajon Rondo||G · Jason Terry||F · Paul Pierce||F · Kevin Garnett||C · Jason Collins|
Avery Bradley (Shoulder Surgeries) is DAY-TO-DAY.
For more, view the Game Photo Gallery
|15 PTS, 6 REB, 3 STL
4-7 FGs, 7-11 FTs
|"Losing wears on you and that’s a part of it. We have to understand that this is a long season. It’s 82 games. Some stuff, we’ve got to let go. I think we drag stuff over to the next day.
"Our mistakes, we might drag them over to the next quarter or the next three or four or five minutes. That can be key minutes right there where the game can go from up five to down 10. That’s something we have to get rid of and just let it go. The game moves too fast for you to carry on and hold onto mess up or mistakes."