Nets pull away from Celtics, 114-98

Nets pull away from Celtics, 114-98
March 21, 2014, 9:45 pm
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Even a career night scoring the ball by Avery Bradley wasn't enough for the Boston Celtics, as the Brooklyn Nets pulled away for a convincing 114-98 win.

Bradley, who left the game briefly because of a right ankle injury in the first quarter, was able to return and finished with a career high-tying 28 points.

Leading the way for Brooklyn was Joe Johnson with 27 points. Former Celtic Paul Pierce had 14 points in just 19 minutes, while another former Celtic, Kevin Garnett (back) did not play.

The first quarter was a relatively tight one but soon began to swing in the Nets' favor as they closed it out with a 10-4 spurt which gave them a 34-28 lead after the first.

The high scoring continued for both teams in the second quarter which belonged to Bradley.

That is when he scored 18 points which included Boston's first 11 of the quarter which generated a few oohs and aahhs from the Nets crowd although calling the sparse turnout a crowd is far, far too generous.

It's too bad because both teams put on an offensive show early on, although the Nets did so more with contributions coming from many.

In the second quarter, Brooklyn got points from nine different players as Mason Plumlee led the way with six of his 18 points for the game.

And similar to the first quarter, the Nets closed out the second playing well with a quick 6-0 spurt that gave them their first double-digit (64-54) lead of the game.

Brooklyn continued to add to its lead, which stood at 16 points going into the fourth.

From there, the Nets simply managed the game in not allowing the Celtics to get too close but not exactly putting them away, either.