Brooklyn got 11 points from Alan Anderson and another 11 points from Andrei Kirilenko. Deron Williams contributed 7 assists, while Shaun Livingston cleaned the glass with 8 rebounds. Boston got 17 points from Brandon Bass in a losing cause and another 13 points from Rajon Rondo. Rajon Rondo contributed 8 assists for the Celtics, while Brandon Bass had 8 rebounds. NBA Video Replay at bottom of the page.
Brooklyn led at halftime, 35-34. Boston won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 45-41.
“Glad it was a nice homecoming. They both deserved the recognition. Awesome experience. I’m happy for both of these guys. I’m impressed how the Nets have come back from the dead. A three seed is right in their reach. ”
The Nets grabbed an 85-79 win over the Celtics on Sunday, behind a 17-point effort from Andray Blatche at TD Garden.The Nets were a 4-point favorite in the win, and managed to turn a profit for their supporters. The combined score dipped UNDER the total, which closed at 191.5.
“As a Celtics fan, can’t thank Pierce enough. Through the good and the bad, he stuck it out. Class act and a great player and Celtic legend. KG as well. His 6 years as a Celtic felt much longer than they were. Such a great run. ”
Brooklyn heads into a battle against the Raptors. Boston, meanwhile, will have their next action against New York.
“Paul and I were joking before the game, who was going to tear up and drop a tear,” Garnett said. “I had lumps in my throat, but I kept it under control, and tried to focus as much as I could.”
NBA Video Replay – Garnett, Pierce On Return To Boston.Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce talk after their return to Boston.