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Nets overcome fourth quarter push, use record-tying third term to beat Celtics

The Boston Celtics’ struggles continue.

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The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Celtics 109-102 in a game that
was a tale of two quarters.

The Nets had a one-point lead following a fairly uneventful
first half but the second half certainly made up for that.

Brooklyn outscored Boston 44-21 in the third quarter behind an
18-point quarter from D’Angelo Russell. Russell was on fire,
burying four consecutive 3-pointers over the course of a 20-2 run
by the Nets. Their 44 points in the quarter tied a franchise
record, giving them a confident 24-point lead going into the game’s
final frame.

Both teams had all but called it quits before the Celtics made
their late push. A 25-12 run to start the quarter brought them
within striking distance down 11 with just under four minutes to go
in the game. The Nets had brought their starters back in while
Celtics’ head coach Brad Stevens elected to stay with the Brad
Wanamaker-Jaylen Brown-Jayson Tatum-Guerschon
Yabusele-Daniel Theis lineup that was locking down defensively and
slowly chipping into Brooklyn’s lead.

All of a sudden Boston was playing suffocating defence, holding
the Nets to zero made field goals in the final 8:55 of the
game – a polar-opposite compared to the third quarter. Tatum had 15
points in the fourth quarter with Brown contributing 10 points to
run but the Celtics ran out of time, losing their third consecutive
game.

Russell finished with 34 points, seven assists and five rebounds
just slightly outperforming Tatum’s career-high 34 points to go
with five rebounds and three assists.

The Celtics have now dropped three consecutive games and are 1-6
in their last seven games on the road. They’ll host the Toronto
Raptors on Wednesday with Kyrie Irving (quad/rest) and Marcus Smart
(illness) both expected to be back in the lineup after missing
tonight’s contest.

As for the Nets, they have now won five straight on their home
floor at the Barclays Center and find themselves holding down the
No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference past the halfway point of the
season.



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