Final: Nets 88, Celtics 79

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Final, Nets 88-79: New Jersey ends the game on a 7-0 run as the Celtics can’t score with two opportunities to tie the game and are now tied with the Chicago Bulls for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. One of the more disappointing losses of the season.

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Fourth quarter, 1:46, Nets 81-79: Celtics ball after Kris Humphries knocked the ball away from Glen Davis, who was attempting a layup. Davis has saved the Celtics tonight with 16 points and 14 rebounds, but Rajon Rondo has looked tired, with two points in 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter, 4:35, Nets 79-75: The Celtics are on a run but the question is whether it’s too late. They are beginning to hit shots and pound the ball in the paint. Ray Allen has 19 points and Kevin Garnett has 18, but most of those were scored in the first half.

Fourth quarter,7:39, Nets 74-66: The Celtics are in serious jeopardy of losing this one as the Nets have canned nine 3-pointers while Boston has grown cold from the field, unable to run its offense against New Jersey’s tough defense.

Halftime, Celtics 38-36: Boston is playing the same stellar defense has last night against Milwaukee but the Celtics can’t score, stumbling to 15 points in the quarter. Ray Allen scored six straight late in the period to give the Celtics the lead back. Anthony Morrow’s 22 footer after a steal sliced the lead back to two.

Second quarter, 3:00, Nets 30-29: Another ugly game where both teams are shooting under 40 percent. The Nets are at 32 but have hit four 3-pointers, including two during an 8-0 run to retake the lead. The Celtics have gone ice cold in the second quarter (3 for 14) and haven’t scored since the 6:23 mark.

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End of first quarter, Celtics 23-14: The Nets led 14-9 with 6:28 left in the quarter and the Celtics end the period on a 14-0 run, looking dominant. Nenad Krstic scored six of those 14 points while Carlos Arroyo added a jumper. The Celtics shot 47 percent in the period while the Nets were at 27 percent (5 for 18).

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