Friday, March 21, 2014
Celtics lose to Brooklyn, 114-98
The Celtics hung around in the first half behind Avery Bradley's 8-of-8 shooting for 18 second quarter points. Bradley cooled, he finished with 28 points, but just 5 in the second half. The Celtics couldn't put together stops, and the Nets abused the Celtics inside, with a 62-30 edge in the paint. The Nets average just 37 points in the paint, but tonight they had their way with the Celtics. The Celtics dropped their last meeting of the year against the Nets, 114-98.
Rajon Rondo recorded a double-double in the loss with 12 points and a game-high 12 assists. Kris Humphries also had 12 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, while Jeff Green pitched in with 16 points. Joe Johnson scored 16 of his team-high 27 points in the third quarter, and that paced the Nets when they needed to put the game out of reach. Paul Pierce added 14 points in his last game against the Celtics this season.
The Celtics won't return to action until next Wednesday against Toronto. In the meantime the Celtics will have some practice time to address some of the issues from the loss. Now onto the NCAA tournament.