Don’t be fooled by the final score of this one, it was a lot closer than it seemed most of the way, but still a nice note for the C’s to head into the All-Star break with tallying their 40th win of the year against the lowly Nets.
Early on, it looked like Boston would pull away, leading by as much as 15 in the first quarter as Paul Pierce looked to assert himself after a dismal performance Sunday afternoon. The Nets fought back against the bench however and really remained in control of this one for the middle two quarters, leading by as many as 9, before the C’s turned up the defense to close out the game with a 17-2 run in the final 6 minutes.
Just 10 points in total for the Nets in the final 12 minutes and an efficient 31 points for Pierce as the C’s attacked the basket well all night and went to the free throw line a season high 39 times. More on this one, but for now Boston gets a week in the sun and some much needed rest.