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ESPN Box ScoreNets Are Scorching • Nets Daily

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.

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  • Zee

    Great way to end before a break! C's win! Lakers lose to Cavs! God is good! 🙂

  • john schaffer

    wafer is really picking it up ,doc needs to play him more and leave nate on the bench or instead of nate play avery

  • DO ME NO FAVORS
    Pierce started off tough right from the start, 
    Shook off the flu and played with all heart.
    His hand and foot injuries were held at bay,
    It was an up and down game that went the Cs' way.

    There were tricky moments when the Nets came to life, 
    The Celtics bench couldn't handle the strife.
    In Q2 we had no defense and ten Nets scored,
    The crowd was quiet, but surely not bored.

    Lopez tired out Perk, he got Davis instead,
    Though still for a while the Nets were ahead.
    Then in Q4 Nate really lit up the Garden,
    Back to back twos, his resolve did harden.

    Q4 the Cs played defense so inspired,
    And got the pre all-star win desired.
    Wafer got good minutes, a few for Bradley and Luke,
    All three were pretty solid, hard work, no fluke.

    After the win against the Heat we could have just rested,
    Instead in this game our character was tested.
    We didn't want the night the Lakers did have,
    They couldn't get a win against any Cav.

    Now to end these poems it must be said
    Of Reggie Ray is now 5 ahead.

    Posted by CELTICSLOVE at 8:31 PM

  • I_Love_Green

    Now they can go home, and sleep in because its the all star break. That must feel great for them.

  • SteveB

    Good win by the veteran team. I am still puzzled by how the refs call these games. They seem to pick random fouls to call for contact 20 feet from the basket with no impact on the play. Can't complain since the Celtics got to the line the most by far but there were some calls on Luke, Ray and one on Baby against Humphries that were not good calls. They need to call something on these guys that flop to the floor like they got shot. Everyone get healthy and lets get this team all back at once.

  • stephen

    Officiating in the NBA is becoming more and more incompetent. Ever notice how Stern always manages to have notorious Celtic haters like Ken Mauer or Joey Crawford call their most important games. Make no mistake about it—This is done by design. Nice win to go into the break with. Now let's get this team healed up. I was just on the Laker site and the way Laker fans rationalize what's going on with their team is laughable!!! Getting beat by Cleveland and yet according to their fans they will still be able to hit the gas peddle come playoff time.—– NOT!!!!!!!!