Nets point guard Marcus Williams took Sebastian Telfair down low on a pick-and-roll and completed a three-point play late in the first quarter. The Celtics had the opportunity to draft Williams (among several other point guards) in last year’s draft, but chose to trade for Telfair and the rights to Rajon Rondo. Telfair made a spectacular play of his own by leaning into Nenad Krstic and converting a three-point play earlier in the half.
With 8:53 left in the second quarter, Gerald Green grabbed an offensive rebound and converted a putback to put the Celtics up 35-31. Green pumped his fist on his way to the bench after a New Jersey timeout, but his his excitement was tempered by an angry Doc Rivers. Rivers took Green over to the free-throw line and walked him through a defensive mistake Green had made earlier in the quarter. The coach then patted Green on the backside.
Al Jefferson had a stellar first half with nine points and six rebounds. He did not miss a shot from the floor.
At halftime, Amanda Matthews of Melrose was presented with a check for $1 million from State Treasurer Tim Cahill as a winner of the “Boston Celtics Green” instant lottery game. Matthews is the state’s first $1 million winner.