Final: Nets 102, Celtics 97

Fourth quarter, :24, Nets, 97-95: Paul Pierce missed two free throws, then hit a 3-pointer, the Nets calling a timeout, and clinching the result with free throws by Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.

Fourth quarter, Nets, 95-92: Jeff Green’s 3-pointer cut the Celtic deficit to 1 before Deron Williams hit two foul shots.

Fourth quarter, Nets, 89-87: The Celtics hit a 2:58-plus scoring drought as they failed to get into transiton and struggled in their half-court offense.

Fourth quarter, 5:04,Tied, 87-87: The Celtics went with Courtney Lee at point guard for a long stretch of the quarter.

Fourth quarter, 8:57, Celtics, 81-80: Reggie Evans’ free throw following a steal pulled the Nets within 1 point 2:42 into the quarter.


End of third quarter, Celtics, 79-74: The Celtics gained control with a combination of defending (the Nets went 7:16 with only one field goal) and a dropoff from Net point guard Deron Williams.The Celtics fell behind by as many as 13 points. Then, they went on a 23-4 run over the next 7:29, Paul Pierce converting five successive field goal attempts..

Third quarter, 2:30, Celtics, 73-71: The Celtics’ kicked into a defensive mode and they scored 12 consecutive points, all in transition, over a 1:54 span, Leandro Barbosa tying the score, 69-69, with 5:19 remaining. Paul Pierce committed his fourth personal foul with 5:13 left, then waved off coach Doc Rivers’ intention to replace him with Jeff Green, drilling two jumpers in a 39-second span.

Third quarter, 6:41, Nets, 69-62: Leandro Barbosa converted a 3-pointer and Paul Pierce scored in transition with a banked-in 3-pointer and a layup as the Celtics went on an 8-2 run over a 1:47 span. But the Celtics continued to struggle with Deron Williams’ playmaking.

Third quarter, 10:18, Nets, 62-52: Paul Pierce scored in transition for the Celtics and the Nets called a 20-second timeout as Deron Williams received treatment for what appeared to be a right ankle injury. Williams returned to action after the tiemout.


End of first half:,Nets, 59-50: The Celtics struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the half-court with Rajon Rondo (ankle) out of action. And they also failed to both get defensive stops and keep the Nets off the offensive boards. The Nets had 15 offensive rebounds in the opening half.

Second quarter, 2:53:, Nets, 47-44: The Nets’ starters returned for a 7-0 run over a 1:10 span. Leandro Barbosa scored 8 points in the opening 8:10 of the quarter for the Celtics.

Second quarter, 6:15:, Tied, 38-38: After trailing by as many as 9 points in the opening quarter, the Celtics rallied against the Nets’ second unit.

End of first quarter, Nets, 31-26: Deron Willams led the way with 5 points and 5 assists for the Nets. Jason Terry scored 7 points for the Celtics.

First quarter, 59.6:, Nets, 31-24: Jason Collins made his Celtic debut and converted his first field goal attempt.

First quarter, 5:52, Nets, 19-11: Deron Williams took control at the point for the Nets.

Rajon Rondo arrived early at the Barclays Center for treatment in an attempt to recover from a sprain right ankle Thursday night. And Rondo said before the Celtics’ game against the Brooklyn Nets he was “going to try to play.”

But, 40 minutes before the scheduled start of the contest, Rondo was ruled out of action, coach Doc Rivers said.

“I don’t actually know, I didn’t even ask,” Rivers said of the diagnosis of trainer Ed Lacerte. “I asked how he was doing. I pretty much assumed he wasn’t going to play because of the way he was walking this morning. We just did our little walk-through at the hotel with (Leandro Barbosa). And we’ll try to play that way.”

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