Celtics Fall Into Tie With Chicago For First In East

Nets beat Celtics 88-79 for 5th straight win

      NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Brook Lopez scored 20 points, Deron Williams
added 16 and made the clinching 3-pointer, and the New Jersey Nets
extended their longest winning streak in three years to five games
with an 88-79 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
      Kris Humphries had 16 points and 15 rebounds, following his
strong performance against Blake Griffin by turning in one against
Kevin Garnett to help the Nets snap a nine-game home losing streak
against the Celtics.
      Ray Allen scored 19 points and Garnett had 18 for the Celtics,
who couldn't overcome horrible shooting nights from All-Stars Paul
Pierce and Rajon Rondo and fell back into a tie with Chicago for
the best record in the Eastern Conference.
      A night after allowing a franchise low in the shot clock era in
an 87-56 victory over Milwaukee, the Celtics wasted a good
defensive effort with a bad offensive one. Pierce was 2 of 10 for
seven points, while Rondo shot 1 of 10 and scored two.
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