Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Deron Williams returned from a nine-game
absence and scored a season-high 25 points to go with seven assists, as the
Brooklyn Nets edged the Boston Celtics, 104-96, on Tuesday at Barclays Center.
Brook Lopez added 24 points, while Alan Anderson scored 15 on 6-of-7 shooting
for the Nets, who snapped a six-game home losing skid and notched back-to-back
wins for the first time this season.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, playing against their former team for the first
time, tallied 11 and four points, respectively, in the win.
Avery Bradley led a balanced Boston scoring attack with 22 points, while Jeff
Green registered 19 points and six rebounds for the Celtics, who had a three-
game win streak halted.
With the game tied 60-60 following a Jared Sullinger 3-pointer early in the
third, Williams bookended a 10-0 Brooklyn surge with a pair of buckets to put
the Nets on top for good.
Green's jumper shortly after got Boston within eight, but Lopez countered with
consecutive buckets, sparking an 11-2 spurt that Pierce capped with two free
throws that gave Boston an 85-68 lead with 1:14 left in the quarter.
Green got the Celtics within eight again early in the fourth with a 3-pointer,
but Williams answered with five straight points to restore Brooklyn's double-
A Jordan Crawford layup followed by a Brandon Bass three-point play brought
Boston within 96-91 with 1:53 remaining, but Brooklyn buried just enough free
throws down the stretch to hang on for the victory.
Early on, Boston grabbed an 18-15 edge on Crawford's trey with 5:42 left in
the first, but Brooklyn closed the frame on a 16-2 surge that Anderson capped
with five straight points to make it 31-20 Nets after 12 minutes.
Bradley netted 12 points in the second stanza and helped Boston get within two
late in the half before the Nets closed the frame on a 9-2 swing to take a
56-47 advantage at halftime.
Pierce spent his first 15 seasons in Boston, while Garnett had spent the last
six seasons with the Celtics before both players signed with Brooklyn in the
offseason ... Williams had been sidelined with ankle injuries ... Brooklyn
shot a season-high 55.7 percent (39-of-70) from the floor ... Boston scored 24
points off 15 Brooklyn turnovers.
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