On Wednesday night, former Kansas Jayhawks great guard Paul Pierce scored 24 points for the Boston Celtics in a losing effort to Brooklyn, 101-93.
The Nets solidified their stance on fourth in the Eastern Conference standings as the regular season is nearly finished. Brooklyn is 46-32 on the season, while Boston fell to 40-38. The Celtics are firmly in the seventh spot of the conference.
Boston raced to an 17-9 lead early on with Pierce draining a couple of three-pointers. Though the Nets rallied, and stole the lead at the end of the first quarter, 22-21. In the second quarter, Brooklyn used an 18-4 run to build an 12-point advantage at 53-41. Brooklyn’s lead grew to 15 points early on in the third quarter before the Celtics fought back behind Pierce and Jeff Green. Boston had the lead down to six, before yet again Brooklyn battled back. The lead grew to 15 in the third quarter, before Boston once again cut it down to single digits in the fourth quarter.
Brooklyn then scored eight straight points behind Joe Johnson and Deron Williams who both caught fire, in ending Boston’s hopes of getting a win. When the smoke cleared, New Jersey was in control with an 99-82 lead. Boston managed to cut it down to eight, once both teams put in reserves.
Williams finished with 29 points and 12 assists, while Johnson added 20 points. Brook Lopez scored 21 to go with four rebounds. The Nets lost starting forward Gerald Wallace early in the second quarter with a left heel contusion. For the Celtics, along with Pierce’s 23 points, Green totaled 11 points and Kevin Garnett scored 11.
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