The Boston Celtics knew they could not let the New Jersey Nets hang around like they did in their previous meeting.
After a close first quarter, Boston clamped down defensively and had it all working on offense, coming away with 100-75 victory.
There's really not too much to say about this one. The Celtics are just a very good team that will likely be in the Finals once again this year.
Not even two weeks ago, the Nets played a very tough game in Boston, losing 89-83 and giving the Celtics all they could handle.
After the first quarter it seemed we may heading for another close contest. Boston led 27-25 at the time and both teams were shooting well.
Then, in the next 24 minutes of game action, the Celtics outscored their opponent 53-28—a stretch that featured the Nets shooting below 30 percent from the field.
Boston, the league leader in field goal percentage, shot 51 percent for the game.
With Rajon Rondo nursing a knee injury, Nate Robinson led the way for the Celtics, scoring 21 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists. He was 8-of-12 from the field and 3-for-6 on threes.
The Celtics also got a 16-point contribution from Glen Davis, while Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen had 13 apiece.
Jordan Farmar was the leading scorer for the Nets with 16, hitting on 6-of-10 shots and draining four 3-pointers.
None of New Jersey's starters played more than 24 minutes as the game was over early. Brook Lopez had a decent start to the game, scoring four points and bringing down five rebounds in the first quarter, but he had just one more rebound and one more point the rest of the way.
As a team, the Nets shot at 38 percent, not helped at all by Travis Outlaw's 0-for-7 shooting day. He remains remarkably inconsistent and would be a bench player if the Nets had a better option.
The blowout loss is disappointing, but not all that unexpected.
The Nets gave Boston a scare in November and the C's were not going to let that happen again. They're clearly one of the best teams in the NBA, and New Jersey is trying to get back to being an average team.
They will play twice more this season, and improvement will be what to look for from the Nets.
New Jersey will have a day off before traveling to Atlanta on Tuesday.
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