BOSTON (AP) _ Andray Blatche scored 17 points and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Boston Celtics 85-79 on Sunday night as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett returned to their former home court for the first time since being traded last July.
The cornerstones of the Celtics' 2008 championship team received video tributes early in the game with career highlights shown on the scoreboard. They didn't have any highlights on the court until Garnett stole the ball from Rajon Rondo and dribbled ahead of the field for a layup that ended Boston's last threat.
That put the Nets ahead 82-77 with 20 seconds left and secured their 10th win in 11 games. The Celtics, losing for the 17th time in 20 games, were led by Brandon Bass with 17 points and Rondo with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Pierce and Garnett scored just six points each.