Final: Celtics 89, Nets 83

End of game, Celtics 89-83 The Celtics made things difficult in the final minute. The Nets called two timeouts to set up Anthony Morrow for a 3-pointer, Morrow drawing a foul and sinking three foul shots with 32 seconds to go. Ray Allen then lost possession against the Nets’ press, and was tied up after rebounding Devin Harris’s miss, the Celtics retaining possession off a jump ball, and calling timeout with 23.7 seconds on the clock. Paul Pierce missed two foul shots with 23.2 seconds on the clock, but Pierce then rebounded Morrow’s miss and went to the line again with 10.8 seconds on the clock. This time, Pierce converted both free throws.


Fourth quarter, :38, Celtics 87-78 Devin Harris landed a 3-pointer out of a timeout, drew a Kevin Garnett foul, and sank a pullup jumper to pull the Nets within 82-78. But Paul Pierce set up Nate Robinson for a 3-pointer with 56 seconds remaining, Shaq grabbed a flat-footed rebound off a Jordan Farmar miss, and Garnett dunked off a Robinson fast-break feed.

Fourth quarter, 2:04:, Celtics 82-73 Paul Pierce took over point guard duties after a Celtic timeout and the tactic paid off. Pierce concluded a 9-1 run over a 2:06 span with a jumper over Kris Humphries for a 9-point lead.

Fourth quarter, 5:35:, Celtics 72-70 Shaquille O’Neal converted four successive foul shots, then missed twice with 7:06 remaining. Jordan Farmar’s second-chance 3-pointer then cut the Nets’ deficit to 2 before a timeout, the Celtics’ full starting lineup then returning.

Fourth quarter, 9:09:, Celtics 67-65 Shaquille O’Neal’s transition dunk off Ray Allen’s seventh assist of the game broke the tie. Von Wafer started the final quarter at guard, matching up with Anthony Morrow.

End of third quarter, Nets 63-61 Ray Allen tied the score, 59-59, with a left-hand layup in transition out of a Nets timeout. Kevin Garnett missed on a jump hook and the Celtics cut the deficit to 2 as Marquis Daniels dunked off Paul Pierce feed with two seconds to go.


Third quarter, 1:40:, Nets 59-57 The Celtics had chances to tie or take the lead on successive possessions, but Glen Davis and Paul Pierce (3-pointer) missed shots and Ray Allen lost his dribble in transition.

Third quarter, 8:24, Nets 48-42 Shaquille O’Neal converted two foul shots and Ray Allen a fast-break follow as the Celtics increased their defensive intensity.

Start of second half The Celtics announced Delonte West sustained a broken right wrist.

End of first half, Nets 46-38 The Celtics lost direction offensively after Delonte West went out, concluding the half with one field goal in the final 2:49.

Second quarter, 2:43, Nets 40-36 Delonte West cut the deficit to 4, but paid a price as he was knocked down and received treatment from trainer Ed Lacerte. The entire Celtics team and coaches surrounded West, who departed holding his right wrist, accompanied by Lacerte,

Second quarter, 5:55, Nets 31-26 The Celtics’ starters filtered back onto the court, Shaquille O’Neal cutting the deficit to 5 on two occasions, off a Nate Robinson lob and Delonte West assist.

Second quarter, 8:23, Nets 25-18 Jordan Farmar’s penetrations broke down the Celtics’ defense — Farmar assisted on three Johan Petro jumpers and converted a pull-up as the Nets extended a 12-0 run over a 6:51 span covering the opening quarters.

End of first quarter, Celtics 18-17 The Celtics’ second unit self-destructed offensively, producing only one field goal in the final 4:45 of the quarter. Coach Doc Rivers went to Luke Harangody for a brief appearance in place of Semih Erden.

First quarter, 3:28, Celtics 16-12 The Celtics gave Shaquille O’Neal a rest, going to a smaller lineup. Then, Semih Erden replaced Kevin Garnett as the Celtics went with Ray Allen and Paul Pierce on the second unit.


First quarter, 6:30, Celtics 11-8 Shaquille O’Neal scored 8 points in the opening 5:30: off a Kevin Garnett no-look pass, an inside move, a flat-footed layup off a Ray Allen deflected lob, a dunk off an Allen feed. O’Neal also flattened Anthony Morrow with a screen as Paul Pierce drove and drew a foul.

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