The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Boston Celtics, 95-83, Wednesday night, but the real storyline didn't involve scoring at all.
With less than a minute remaining in the second quarter, a fight broke out between the two sides after Kris Humphries laid a hard foul on Kevin Garnett. Rajon Rondo and Gerald Wallace were both ejected following the fracas, which wound up hurting Boston much more than its opponent.
Boston actually made things closer in the second half without its floor general, but the Celtics missed him down the stretch. Paul Pierce did his best to facilitate the offense from his wing spot, but no one does it like Rondo.
The Nets were paced by an 18-point effort from Joe Johnson. He was the only starter to reach double digits, although Andray Blatche, C.J. Watson and Jerry Stackhouse all scored double figures off the bench.
Boston won the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to win the game.
For a complete look at the box score, check out NBA.com.
Player of the Game: Joe Johnson
Johnson shot less than 50 percent from the floor, but that doesn't take away from his game. Aside from scoring 18 points, he also hauled down four rebounds and dished out six assists.
He only turned it over once in 40:40 of playing time, as well. He made good decisions on the floor, even if he didn't make as many shots as he would have liked.
Johnson is a lethal two-way player when he gets going, and he showed that Wednesday night.
What's Next for the Brooklyn Nets?
The 10-4 Nets will travel to face the Orlando Magic on Friday.
What's Next for the Boston Celtics?
The 8-7 Celtics will host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.