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Final: Celtics 115, Nets 85

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  October 18, 2012 08:05 PM

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Final: Celtics 115-85: By far the Celtics best performance of the preseason after a couple of disappointing losses. Seven players score in double figures, including Kris Joseph with 11 points in 12 minutes, including the Celtics' final 7 points. Next game is Saturday against the New York Knicks in Albany, N.Y.

Fourth quarter, 2:45, Celtics 106-83: Celtics on their way to the first preseason victory over an NBA team with an impressive performance. Six players are in double figures, including Jason Terry with 15 points off the bench, all on 3-pointers. Kevin Garnett's night is over with 14 points in 22 minutes.

Fourth quarter, 8:00, Celtics 94-76: The Celtics gave themselves more cushion with consecutive 3-pointers from Courtney Lee and Jason Terry and are now 8-for-13 shooting from the 3-point line tonight. Paul Pierce and Lee each have 18.

End of third quarter, Celtics 84-70: Amazingly, the Celtics are ahead 14 points despite the Nets shooting 31 free throws to their 6. Four Celtics are in double figures, led by Paul Pierce with 18 points, including 4-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Joe Johnson has 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting and the Nets have 17 turnovers.

Third quarter, 4:01, Celtics 73-61: The Nets are on a 10-0 run after the Celtics had just been dominating the quarter. It's the most impressive game of the preseason for Boston, which is shooting 57.1 percent and have four players in double figures. By the way, Brooklyn has attempted 28 free throws to the Celtics' 6.

Third quarter, 8:49, Celtics 65-51: Paul Pierce returned for the third quarter after tweaking his left ankle in the second quarter but Brandon Bass will not return with a right knee bruise that the team says isn't serious. Jared Sullinger is playing well but has five fouls in 17 minutes.

Halftime, Celtics 59-44: A fine half of basketball for the Celtics, who shot 56.5 percent and got 12 points and six assists from Rajon Rondo and 11 points from Paul Pierce, who tweaked his left ankle landing on Gerald Wallace after canning a 3-pointer but is expected to return. The Nets committed 11 turnovers and made 14 baskets. The Celtics committed four turnovers and made 26 shots.

Second quarter, 6:42, Celtics 41-27: Celtics on an 8-0 run as their defense continues to be stifling, causing nine Brooklyn turnovers. Kevin Garnett has already played 10 minutes and will return to the court after the timeout. Rajon Rondo leads the Celtics with 10 points.

Second quarter, 8:21, Celtics 35-27: The Nets are beginning to warm up and have also been to the free throw line 12 times to the Celtics' 2. Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo have 8 points each while Jason Terry has two 3-pointers off the bench,

End of first quarter, Celtics 27-15: Best quarter of the preseason against an NBA team for the Celtics, who held the Nets to 3-for-16 shooting (18.8 percent) and seven turnovers. Courtney Lee collected three of Boston's six steals in the first quarter while Paul Pierce scored 8 points and Lee added 5.

First quarter, 5:16, Celtics 18-7: Paul Pierce continues his torrid 3-point shooting with two already as the Celtics are playing the best stretch of the preseason. Pierce has 8 points while Gerald Wallace has 4 for Brooklyn. The Celtics have five steals.

First quarter, 10:37, Celtics 9-0: The starters are trying to make a statement with 9 straight points, including three baskets off steals. Paul Pierce has 5 points, including a two-handed jam off a fastbreak.

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