|Preseason Game 4 · October 18, 2012
Barclays Center · Brooklyn
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|TV Companion Enhanced Boxscore | Play-By-Play|
By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Paul Pierce scored 18 points despite briefly leaving with an ankle injury, and the Boston Celtics spoiled the Brooklyn Nets' return to national TV with a 115-85 exhibition victory Thursday night.
Courtney Lee also had 18 for the Celtics in a rematch of the Nets' 97-96 victory in Boston two nights earlier. The Nets rallied to pull that one out even while resting their starters, but they fell too far behind in this one for a comeback.
Jason Terry made all five of his 3-point attempts for 15 points and Pierce was 4 for 4 behind the arc as the Celtics shot 56.5 percent overall from the field and 11 of 19 (58 percent) on 3-pointers.
Brook Lopez scored 14 points for the Nets, who lost for the first time in four preseason games.
Read Brian Mahoney's full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
Postgame InterviewsFor more from Avery Johnson and Joe Johnson, check out our Postgame Interviews Playlist.
G MarShon Brooks (right foot tendinitis) was activated pregame after missing the first three preseason games. He scored 7 points, adding two rebounds and an assist in 15 minutes...G/F Jerry Stackhouse is out for 7-10 days with right knee tendinitis...G C.J. Watson was out tonight (rest), leaving Tyshawn Taylor to handle backup point guard duties, sometimes playing alongside Deron Williams. The rookie guard put up 8 points (4-8 FGs) and 2 assists in 22 minutes.
|Deron Williams||Joe Johnson||Gerald Wallace||Kris Humphries||Brook Lopez|
|Rajon Rondo||Courtney Lee||Paul Pierce||Jared Sullinger||Kevin Garnett|
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|10 PTS, 6 REB
2 AST, STL, BLK
2-6 FGs, 5-7 FTs
|"They wanted to come out and establish themselves and show that they've been very successful for the last five years, and that they've been successful for a reason. And if there's some supposedly new kid on the block, you know how it is in the neighborhood – they want to show you it's their neighborhood. We've gotta earn everything, and I think that's the message this year."