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Nets beat Celtics in Brooklyn

At the Barclay’s Center on Sunday night, the Celtics lost to the Brooklyn Nets, 110-101, to drop their record to 7-6. The Nets exacted their revenge on the Celtics as the Celtics beat the Nets Friday night by 25 points in the teams’ first home-home mini-series of the season.

Avery Bradley was inserted back into the starting line up as Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens announced to the media that Marcus Smart will out for a few weeks with a knee injury suffered in Friday night’s game.

The Celtics fell behind in the first quarter as they were plagued with their early shooting troubles that have seemed to affect their first quarter play all season. They shot a poor 7-22 from the field as they were outscored 24-19 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, things would get worse for the Celtics as their defense fell apart and allowed the Nets to shoot 14-21 from the field. The Celtics, for a second straight quarter, couldn’t get their offense going as they only shot 8-20 from the field and 3-10 from the three point line.

Net’s Joe Johnson and Andrea Bargnani each scored 10 points, in the quarter, on a combined 8-10 shooting from the field. The Celtics were outscored 35-23 in the second quarter as they went into halftime down 59-42.

The Celtics came out of half time looking like the team that beat the Nets by 25 points a couple nights ago. On offense, the Celtics shot 12-20 and outscored the Nets 36-27 in the third quarter. Isaiah Thomas scored 15 points in the third quarter to go along with Avery Bradley’s nine points. The third quarter ended with the Celtics trailing 86-78, and trying to mount a comeback.

The Celtics were unable to finish what they started in third quarter as they were once again outscored in the fourth quarter 25-23. The Celtics offense reverted back to its first half play as they shot 8-20 from the field and turned the ball over five times. Jarrett Jack made sure that the Celtics didn’t make a comeback as he scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Despite shooting a poor 35-82 from the field, the Celtics shot a decent 14-37 from behind three point line. The Celtics defense didn’t look like the top ranked defense in Sunday night’s game as they only recorded nine steals and allowed the Nets to shoot 40-79 from the field and shot 5-15 from behind the three point line.

Thaddeus Young recorded a double-double with 11 points and a game-leading 12 rebounds. Net’s rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson recorded a game high five steals. Isaiah Thomas led the game with six assists. Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas both led the game in scoring as they each netted 27 points. Brook Lopez recorded a double-double of his own as he led the Nets with 23 points to go along with his 10 rebounds.

The Celtics next game will be Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks at the Philips Arena.

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