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The Boston Celtics flew out of the gates Monday night in Brooklyn to a 37-22 lead after one quarter, but they nearly didn’t leave enough in the tank to finish off the Nets.

Brooklyn spent the remainder of the game clawing back, and managed to come within five when they cut the score to 90-85 with three minutes remaining in the game.

Thankfully, the C’s had a few drops of gas left in the bottom of their tank to seal the deal with a 103-94 win at Barclays Center.

Jae Crowder stomped on Brooklyn’s comeback attempt when he nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing, which put Boston back up by eight with 2:42 remaining.

A little more than a minute later, he added to the lead emphatically when he muscled his way along the baseline for an and-one layup, and then flexed his guns to the crowd before hitting a free throw that put the C’s on top, 98-89.

Bojan Bogdanovic inched Brooklyn two points closer with a pair of free throws, but then Marcus Smart sealed the deal with a scooping reverse layup on Boston’s next possession.

Those points in the paint were the story of the night for Boston. Just two days after surrendering 46 points inside at the hands of the Nets, the C’s found a way to trample Brooklyn, 54-40, in the lane. That included 20 points in the paint during the first quarter alone.

The Nets certainly deserve credit for willing themselves back into this one. But Boston simply had more confidence during the waning minutes, thanks to a couple of key shots and a gun show from Crowder.

Key Player

Avery Bradley is typically the guy who gets things going early on for the Boston. However, with the veteran guard absent Monday night due to a left hip pointer, the Celtics needed to find someone else to fill that void and deliver a hot start in Brooklyn.

In stepped Jae Crowder, who kick-started a 22-7 run during the opening frame and scored 14 of Boston’s 37 first-quarter points.

Boston’s swingman scored sporadically throughout the remainder of the game, but came through in the clutch when the Celtics needed a spark late in the fourth quarter. Crowder nailed two key shots down the stretch, en route to a career-high 25 points, to go along with six rebounds and three steals.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Jae Crowder's set a career high with his game-leading 25 points.
  • The Celtics had two players with double-doubles: Evan Turner (12 points and 11 rebounds) and Jared Sullinger (12 points and 10 boards).
  • Brooklyn also had two double-doubles: Thaddeus Young (23 points and (15 rebounds) and Bogan Bogdanovic (12 points and 12 boards).
  • Boston trampled the Nets in the paint, 54-40.
  • The Celtics scored 20 points in the paint during the first quarter, which is identical to the number Brooklyn scored in the opening frame of Saturday's game.
  • Isaiah Thomas dished out a game-high seven assists to go along with 19 points.
  • The Nets shot 24-of-27 from the free throw line, while Boston went 15-of-19 from the stripe.
  • Crowder and Sullinger had three steals apiece.
  • The Nets only had four steals as a team.
  • Boston doubled up the Nets on the fast break, 16-8.
  • Brooklyn won the rebounding battle, 53-48, behind Thaddeus Young's game-high 15 boards.
  • The Celtics shot 44.6 percent from the field (41-of-92), while the Nets shot just 37.6 percent (32-of-85).

Quote of the Night

[Crowder's] hit big shots for us all year. He's not afraid of the moment.

Brad Stevens on Jae Crowder's strong play down the stretch.

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