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Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets: Postgame Grades and Analysis
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So that's what happens when Rajon Rondo finishes a game against the Brooklyn Nets.

After losing two straight to the Nets, the latter of which included a full-fledged brawl that culminated in a two-game suspension for Rondo, the Boston Celtics came into Brooklyn on a mission.

Rondo and Paul Pierce led a scrappy charge for the Celtics as they snapped a five game road losing streak, blowing out the Nets on their own turf 93-76.

Though Brooklyn appeared to be in control after a handful of possessions, it was all Boston from the first quarter on. The Celtics' lead ballooned to as much as 19, a deficit that proved too much for the Nets to overcome.

Frustrations mounted for both teams as Gerald Wallace and Kevin Garnett got tangled up early in the fourth quarter. Compared to what happened less than a month ago, though, this one looked like the teams were merely exchanging Christmas gifts.

Which players shaped the outcome of this game—mini-scuffle and all—the most? 

Let's find out.

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