The game marked the return of former Celtics’ Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Boston.
According to Pierce, who spent 15 seasons in Boston before being traded to the Nets, along with Garnett and guard Jason Terry, in the offseason, it was the most difficult game he ever had to play.
“I was telling Kevin, I was telling everybody — this was the toughest game I ever had to play,” Pierce told Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York.
“It was tougher than any championship game. Tougher than any Game 7. This game was just so hard to really just focus and concentrate on what was at hand.”
“This was by far the hardest day I’ve had to focus,” Garnett said. “This was bigger than Minnesota, even when I went back to Minnesota.”
Garnett scored six points, grabbed three rebounds and had three assists and 23 minutes while Pierce had six points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.
The Nets have won 1o of their last 11 games.