The Brooklyn Nets entered Thursday night's matchup with the Boston Celtics in search of their first win over an Eastern Conference contender, and emerged victorious despite an up-and-down second half.
After a first half in which they dominated the Celtics on the glass, the Nets faltered throughout much of the third quarter, failing to exhibit the aggression and fearlessness they displayed throughout the game's opening stages.
However, timely offensive contributions from Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson helped give the Nets a confidence-boosting win, as the Nets defeated the Celtics at home by a score of 102-97.
Playing without their star point guard Rajon Rondo, who suffered a sprained right ankle on Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz, the Celtics offense didn't skip many beats, but they simply couldn't convert on several key opportunities in the fourth quarter.
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez finished the night as the game's leading scorers, each totaling 24 points.