The struggles continued on Wednesday night for the New Jersey Nets, who lost their sixth game in a row. This time the conqueror was the Boston Celtics. Hosting the Nets, the Celtics won by a final score of 89-70.
After two quarters, it looked as though this game might be different for the Nets. They led by a point, 35-34. Boston then went on an 18-3 run at the end of the third quarter, erasing any hopes that the Nets might pick up their second win of the young season.
Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 24 points, accounting for half of the points in that backbreaking 18-3 portion of the third quarter. Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Brandon Bass had 15 points and 13 boards off the bench for Boston.
MarShon Brooks led the Nets with 17 points in his first career start. Brooks was forced out the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. The Nets made just 40.5 percent of their field goals. Jordan Farmer was the only other Nets player to score double digit points. Deron Williams missed the game with a sore side.
The Nets travel to Toronto for a game against the Raptors on Friday.