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Celtics 93, Nets 76: Boston clobbers Brooklyn on Christmas Day

Rajon Rondo had 19 points and Jared Sullinger totaled 16 points and seven rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets, 93-76, on Christmas Day at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Celtics 93, Nets 76: C's prevail on Christmas Day

Rajon Rondo stepping up in a nationally televised game certainly wasn't a surprise. Jared Sullinger doing so, however, was.

Rondo and Sullinger teamed up to help the Boston Celtics pick apart the Brooklyn Nets, 93-76, and spoil their holiday in a nationally televised affair at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Christmas Day.

Rondo finished with a team-high 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting and also had five assists, five rebounds and three steals while Sullinger filled up the stat sheet with 16 points (6-of-7 shooting), seven rebounds and one block. Jeff Green also had a nice afternoon coming off the bench, amassing 15 points. Boston shot 49.4 percent as a team and hit 60.0 percent of its shots from long distance while also posting a 41-36 advantage on the boards and improving to 14-13 on the season.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 15 points and eight rebounds while Deron Williams had a relatively quiet game with 10 points and six assists. Joe Johnson chipped in with 12 points and Jerry Stackhouse added seven off the bench for Brooklyn, which was limited to 40.6 percent shooting as a unit.

The Celtics trailed by two, 24-22, after one quarter but used a huge second quarter to pull ahead 56-42 at halftime, outscoring the Nets 34-18 in the period. Brooklyn made a run in the third quarter, rattling off nine straight points during the frame, but couldn't build on their success after a 7-0 run to close the quarter for Boston and failed to make a significant run in the fourth quarter on the way to their ninth loss in the month of December and 13th overall this season.

Chippiness would ensue late in the third quarter after Garnett and Gerald Wallace (15 points) became tangled up when Wallace grabbed and wouldn't let go of Garnett's shorts. The two received technicals fouls for the mix up, which likely stemmed back to last month's altercation between the two teams at TD Garden that resulted in the ejection of Rondo, Wallace and Kris Humphries. Humphries did not play on Christmas Day due to an abdominal strain.

Boston returns to action late Thursday evening against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers, marking the second game of the Celtics' four-game west coast trip. Brooklyn faces the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.


Final - 12.25.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 22 34 17 20 93
Brooklyn Nets 24 18 16 18 76

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Celtics 73, Nets 58: Boston opens up lead in third

Rajon Rondo has 19 points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds as the Boston Celtics lead the Brooklyn Nets, 73-58, Christmas Day from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

The scoring was rare in the third quarter, but Boston used a 8-2 run to push their lead in the frame as they look for their first win over Brooklyn this season.

The defense wasn't there like it was in the first half, when the Celtics moved effortlessly from player to player and forced bad looks at the hoop and lazy turnovers. Brooklyn just couldn't hit their shots, until it used a 9-0 run to get right back into the game.

The scoring drought would end with a Rondo transition bucket, but the Celtics still couldn't find their footing, as the Nets only trailed by nine with just over two minutes to go in the quarter.

After their bigs got them back into the game, Brooklyn's guard duo of Joe Johnson and Deron Williams scored nine-straight points for the Nets to make it a game.

But with under a minute, as the Nets seemed to be right back in it, Rondo willed the Celtics on another run, drawing a charge from Williams, sending a nice dish to Jared Sullinger for two and hitting a three for a 7-0 run.

Boston is hitting 46 percent from the field, while the Nets are connecting on 41 percent of their attempts

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Celtics 56, Nets 42: Boston holds halftime lead

Rajon Rondo had 10 points, three rebounds and three assists as the Boston Celtics lead the Brooklyn Nets, 56-42, Christmas Day from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

After taking a brief lead in the first, Brooklyn took control and coasted through the quarter.

But a short spurt to end the quarter gave the Celtics confidence to start the second frame. With Rajon Rondo taking a breather, Boston attacked the basket and got to the foul line to take their first lead since the opening minutes of the game.

The Celtics used a 21-5 run to take a 12-point lead early thanks to tight defense, lead by Rondo and the bench..

But while the scoring was nice, it was Boston's defensive effort, led by Kevin Garnett, that led to the change of pace. The Celtics used crisp rotations and stifling pressure on the ball to force bad Brooklyn shots and easy turnovers under the basket.

The Nets shot 45 percent in the half, while the Celtics notched 50 percent from the field after scoring a whopping 24 points in the second quarter.

Boston held a 24-15 rebound advantage at the half, thanks in large part to the play of Jared Sullinger off the bench.

Sullinger was arguably the player of the half, providing energy for the Celtics while hitting 10 points and grabbing six boards.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 10 points and three rebounds at the half.




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Nets 24, Celtics 22: Brooklyn takes the early lead

Rajon Rondo had seven points, two assists and two rebounds as the Boston Celtics trail the Brooklyn Nets, 24-22, on Christmas Day from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

After losing four of their last five games, the Celtics wanted to get off to a hot start against the Nets.

Their offense got rolling, scoring all eight of their points in the paint to start the quarter. Boston's offense would move the ball steadily throughout the quarter, receiving even contribution from the bench for nine points.

Over the first half of the quarter, Jason Collins was arguably one of the most productive Celtics, scoring two points, grabbing two offensive rebounds and drawing a charge.

Brooklyn struggled to start the quarter, but found their rhythm, pushing to lead for most the quarter. The Celtics' focus on defensive rotations, even with Kevin Garnett out of the game, allowed them to keep the contest close.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with nine points and two rebounds in the first quarter.

Brooklyn shot 56 percent in the quarter, while the Celtics notched 41 percent from the field.

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Celtics kick off Christmas marathon

The Boston Celtics play the Brooklyn Nets in the first of five NBA games on Christmas, including an NBA Finals rematch and a showdown between Mike D'Antoni and his former team.

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Celtics try to avenge pair of losses to Brooklyn

The Boston Celtics start a Christmas Day marathon, as they try to avenge two earlier losses to the Brooklyn Nets.

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Celtics and Nets kickoff NBA Christmas Day slate

The first of five NBA games on Christmas Day, the Boston Celtics visit the Brooklyn Nets at noon ET. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

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Celts vs. Nets: Boston meets Brooklyn on Christmas

Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics (13-13) square off against Joe Johnson and the Brooklyn Nets (14-12) in a Christmas Day clash at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

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