Brooklyn Nets 104, Boston Celtics 96
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have two NBA championships, 25 all-star appearances, and 21 seasons played with the Boston Celtics between the two. As you could imagine, the first game against their former team would provide quite a storyline on Tuesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
When the ball tipped, however, neither Garnett nor Pierce were the big story.
Deron Williams had 25 points and 7 assists in his return from an ankle injury, Brook Lopez dominated the Celtics with his size, and the Brooklyn Nets when on to beat the C’s 104-96.
With the win, the Nets snapped Boston’s three-game winning streak.
Lopez had 24 points on 10-13 shooting. The seven-footer had his way in the paint, with the likes of the much smaller trio of Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass guarding him for the majority of the night.
All of the Celtics starters scored in double figures, but Brooklyn’s bench outscored Boston’s 22-12.
Avery Bradley led the way with 22 points for the C's, and played tenacious defense down the stretch for Boston. Jeff Green had 19, both Jordan Crawford and Jared Sullinger had 15, and Brandon Bass had a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Celtics went on a run in the fourth to get back into things, but couldn’t overcome the 85-72 deficit after three quarters.
With the loss the C’s fall to 10-13, while the Nets improve to 7-14. Boston still leads the Atlantic Division, and will host the Clippers tomorrow night in Doc Rivers return to his old stomping grounds.