Alan Anderson finished with 15 points for the Nets and former
Celtic Kevin Garnett had 11 to go with nine rebounds. Paul Pierce,
another key piece in the massive offseason swap with Boston,
returned early from a broken hand to chip in four points and seven
boards against the team with which he spent 15 seasons
Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 22 points while Jeff Green added
19. Jared Sullinger and Jordan Crawford chipped in 15 points apiece
for Boston, which returns home Wednesday, when the reunions will
continue with former coach Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers
paying a visit.
The Celtics opened the second half on a 13-4 run to forge a tie at
60 before Williams, who has played in just nine games due to ankle
injuries, scored on a layup to ignite a 10-0 burst and later hit a
3-pointer to make it 81-68. The Nets would go without a field goal
for the next 8:14, however, and Green's 3-pointer with 8:37 to go in
the game pulled the visitors within 89-81.
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Williams' layup with 6:43 left broke the dry spell and he added
another basket with just over three minutes left to make it a
10-point game. Boston got as close as 96-91 before Garnett hit a
free throw and pulled down a defensive board in traffic to spark an
8-2 burst down the stretch.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Brooklyn F Andray Blatche totaled 11 points and nine
rebounds off the bench for Brooklyn, which has consecutive wins for
the first time this season. ... Celtics F Gerald Wallace was
whistled for a technical foul with 33.7 seconds left. ... Pierce
ranks second only to Hall of Famer John Havlicek on Boston's
all-time scoring list and remains first in steals and 3-pointers.
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