New Jersey Nets Vs. Boston Celtics: Another Solid Effort Results in Nets Loss

November 24th, 2010 by Jim Mancari Leave a reply »
Despite a hard fought effort, the New Jersey Nets lost their 10th game of the year against the Boston Celtics 89-83 at the TD Garden.

The story of the night was "The Diesel." Shaquille O'Neal scored the most points he has ever scored as a member of the Celtics. He knocked in 25 points on 9-of-10 from the field and 7-of-13 from the free throw line. He also pulled down 11 rebounds for the double-double.

Shaq set the tone early, scoring the first six points for the Celtics, but the Nets went on a 12-0 run starting late in the first quarter. The run later became 20-8, as Johan Petro drained some outside jumpers.

The Nets shot 79 percent from the field in the second quarter and scored 29 points to take a 46-38 lead at the half. Anthony Morrow had a hot hand from the outside scoring 11 points, while Devin Harris and Brook Lopez each added 10 points.

Both teams looked sloppy opening the second half. The Nets struggled with turnovers. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce were struggling from the field, but the Nets could not pull away.

Shaq remained strong, however, which kept Boston in the game. The Celtics tied the game at 59, but trailed ...

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