Hot shot: Paul Pierce scored just 33 seconds into the game, and continued to pour on the points in just about every way imaginable. By the end of the night, Pierce had a team-high 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting, in addition to grabbing four rebounds and doling out eight assists.
"Paul Pierce tonight, that's why his jersey is going to be hanging from the rafters one day," said Nets coach Avery Johnson. "Just tough to cover. He beat our traps, he beat single coverage, we fronted him and he still beat us."
In-n-out: This was not one of DeShawn Stevenson's better games, for sure. Known primarily as a defender, Stevenson had no answer for Pierce. And offensively, he was even worse. He finished with three points, missing five of the six shots he took from the field.
Super sub: If the Celtics keep winning like this and Chris Wilcox continues to play well, he may soon enter the conversation as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. After tallying double-digit rebounding numbers in the two games prior to Friday night's matchup with the Nets, Wilcox had 14 points against New Jersey in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.
Turning point: In the second quarter, a free throw by Brook Lopez cut Boston's lead to 3430 with 7:02 to play in the half. From there, Boston went on an 181 run to take a commanding 21-point lead. Boston would lead by at least 13 points for the rest of the game.
By the numbers: 9. That would be the number of double-digit rebounding games Kevin Garnett has this season. The rest of the Celtics have combined for 10.
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The congratulatory messages rolled in for Tom Brady following win No. 201 on Sunday. He heard praise from his teammates and coach Bill Belichick and he received a game ball from Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Two of the guys he recently passed on the all-time wins list reached out as well.
Both Brett Favre (199 career wins) and Peyton Manning (200) touched base with the new record-holder after he surpassed the two retired quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks.
Favre posted a video online to show his support for Brady, which Brady saw after a friend sent it his way, he told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show.
"We were in touch this week a few times just with a couple of things that we were talking about football-wise," Brady said of Favre. "We exchanged some text messages, too. He’s a great guy. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to . . . There’s nobody physically or mentally tougher than that guy and endured the streak that he had. It was incredible. I’ve always really looked up to him. It was really cool."
Manning checked in, as he's wont to do, with something a little more traditional.
"I did hear from Peyton. He's someone that I've always been in touch with for a long time. I've known him for 16 years. He sent me a very nice note," Brady said. "I have a lot of respect for him and all that he accomplished, too. He's a great guy. We share a lot of things in common and I just always appreciate him as well."
Kirk and Callahan co-host Gerry Callahan acknowledged that the NFL sent out a tweet recognizing Brady's achievement, but he wondered if Brady had heard anything from commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady laughed when he heard the question initially. When he didn't respond at first, Callahan circled up again.
"I don't hear anything from the league," Brady said.
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