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New Jersey Nets At Boston Celtics: Looking For Back-To-Back Wins In Beantown

(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics are back home for two quick games starting with Wednesday's tilt versus the New Jersey Nets at TD Garden.

Boston is coming off Monday's 99-76 win at Atlanta in which Kevin Garnett ended with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way. Nate Robinson filled in for injured point guard Rajon Rondo and had 16 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who may not have Rondo in the lineup tonight because of a strained left hamstring. Rondo is averaging 11.2 points and 14.2 assists per game.

Shaquille O'Neal added 13 points and 11 rebounds, while leading scorer Paul Pierce scored 13 points in a winning effort -- Boston's fourth in six tries.

"We came out with a lot of energy tonight," Garnett said. "Getting beat these last two times out, and Atlanta sweeping us last year, gave us incentive going into tonight."

The Atlantic Division-leading Celtics will also welcome Toronto to Beantown on the short residency and are 5-1 at TD Garden this season.

New Jersey will begin a two-game trek against the Celtics and 76ers tonight and posted a 107-101 victory versus the Hawks on Tuesday.

Brook Lopez finished with a season-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Devin Harris ended with 27 points and nine assists for the Nets, who put the brakes on a three-game skid and won for the third time in 12 games.

"Two guys that we rely heavily upon came through," said Nets head coach Avery Johnson. "And now what they're showing to me is they can consistently have that aggression and that attacking attitude. It makes us a better ball club."

Anthony Morrow had 13 points and Kris Humphries finished 12 in the win.

The Nets, who are trying to win consecutive games since starting the year 2-0, will also make a stop in Philadelphia and own a 2-5 mark as the guest.

Boston took three of four matchups with New Jersey last season and has won 13 of the previous 15 games in this series. The Nets have dropped five of six trips to Beantown.