(NEW YORK) — If the Celtics wanted to send a message to the NBA that they’re not going to go away without a fight, they did just that after defeating the Brooklyn Nets 93-76.
Despite a tough shooting day, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo scored 19 points and dropped five assists in the victory. While Kevin Garnett scored eight points and pulled down ten rebounds, the night belonged to rookie big man Jared Sullinger. Sullinger tied a career-high with 16 points and also had seven rebounds.
“It was good to get off to this start. It was good to finally play from start to finish, especially with the way we’ve been playing against Brooklyn,” Celtics’ forward Paul Pierce said after the win. “So it was a well-balanced game, but I’m happy with the start of the trip.”
Meanwhile, the Nets have lost four out of their last five games and are struggling to find a rhythm on the court. Point guard Deron Williams continues to struggle this season, as he scored just ten points on 3-7 shooting from the floor. The team shot just 40.6% from the field.
The Celtics and Nets are both 14-13 and tied for second place in the Atlantic Division.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN