Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will both have their jerseys hanging from the rafters in Boston one day, but right now they are suited up for Brooklyn. After winning a title and bringing the Celtics recent success, both future hall of famers returned to Boston on Sunday night, and it was an emotional scene.
The Nets came in hot, winning 9 of their last 10, and it seemed as if the Nets were going to find themselves in prime position before the All-Star Break. The Nets started out slow, scoring an abysmal 11 points in the first quarter, but they would bounce back, and they took a 35-34 lead at the half. Yeah, that’s right, both teams were in the 30′s at the half.
The Brooklyn Nets were not led by KG or Pierce, but instead got a nice effort from Andray Blatche, which is about as anticlimactic as you can get. Blatche scored 17 points off the bench to lead the Nets, and they were able to build a decent lead heading into the fourth.
The Celtics would come back, though, and with under a minute to go, the Nets were up by just three. Rajon Rondo would then cough the ball up right into his former teammate Kevin Garnett’s hands and he took the ball down the court and finished with a dunk. That would put Brooklyn up by 5, and would seal the deal.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce finished with just six points each, and it was impressive to see the Nets get a win without their major contributors having a big game. The Nets have now won 10 of their last 11 games, and are 19-22 on the season. Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 8 assists, and 6 turnovers in 30 minutes of action.
Here is the Nets’ reaction to the night via Twitter:
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 27, 2014