Barclays Center · Brooklyn
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By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Joe Johnson made the tiebreaking basket with 3:03 left, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez each scored 24 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 102-97 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.
Williams had eight assists and made all nine free throws on a night Paul Pierce had two huge misses in the final minute for the Celtics, who played without injured point guard Rajon Rondo.
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By Jake Appleman
THE STAT: The Nets chased down 15 of their 18 offense rebounds in the first half, part of the reason they had another sizable early lead at home.
TURNING POINT: With the Nets up 93-92 after a Jeff Green corner three, Williams drove the lane, got fouled, and canned two free throws. The shots began a free throw parade thanks to Avery Johnson's decision to foul Boston's shooters instead of allowing them looks at three-pointers. During that span, Williams drew what appeared to be a phantom foul off of an inbounds play, allowing the Nets to remain in control.
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Kris Humphries (10 points, 13 rebounds) tallied his team-leading third double-double of the season...Joe Johnson shot 6-of-19, but hit several clutch baskets in the fourth quarter, finishing with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists...Deron Williams scored 24 points (along with 8 assists), making this the second straight game he and Brook Lopez have each topped 20...In the first quarter, Lopez scored 10 points (5-7 FGs); the team is 4-0 when he hits double-digits in the opening period...This is the Nets' longest streak since winning five in a row March 4-14, 2011.
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Keith Bogans||F · Kris Humphries||C · Brook Lopez|
MarShon Brooks (sprained left ankle) was PROBABLE and played.
Gerald Wallace (sprained left ankle) was OUT.
|G · Leandro Barbosa||G · Jason Terry||F · Paul Pierce||F · Brandon Bass||C · Kevin Garnett|
Rajon Rondo (sprained right ankle, DAY-TO-DAY) was OUT.
Avery Bradley (shoulder surgeries) is OUT.
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24 PTS, 6 REB
11-14 FGs, 4 OFF REB
|"We're 5-2, so we're definitely happy with the record. We feel like we haven't played even close to our best basketball, so that's the most promising thing, is that we still have a lot of room for improvement on both ends of the floor. We'll keep working on it, whether it's in practice or in games, until we get better."|