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December 4, 2012

Brooklyn Nets defeat the Boston Celtics in feisty game

The Nets are on a fantastic winning streak and even after two of it's players were ejected, they held on to a big lead to defeat the Celtics at the Boston Garden.

By Stephen Lars

Well, it came to an end. Rajon Rondo seemed to have been on his way to breaking an NBA record with most consecutive games with 10+ assists. He actually managed to tie John Stockton with 37 games, for the second best ever behind Magic Johnson, who lined up 46 consecutive games with double-digit assists in the 1983-84 season. Now, what I have a hard time believing is that Rondo would end up his streak because he got into a fight with another player and was ejected from the game. Not only that, but after Rondo was thrown out of the game, the Nets forward Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace were ejected, the Celtics never managed to get back in the game. Despite playing at the Boston Garden, Doc Rivers’ team simply never got it straight and trailed by at least nine points throughout the end of the game. So Rondo loss his streak and the Celtics took a 95-83 loss at home against the Brooklyn Nets.

Despite playing at the Boston Garden, Doc Rivers’ team simply never got it straight

At 8-7 for the season, things are not going as well as one would have liked for the Boston Celtics. "All that stuff, that's not toughness", Rivers told reporters, calling his team soft. "That foul was a hard foul. It was an unnecessary foul. The play was over and then he pushed him down in the air. But I think that's what they think of us: They think they can push you around". And yet, it was a whole different issue. It’s not as if it was that the Celtics lacked toughness, but Rajon Rondo went over the top. One thing is to be soft in the court, another thing is to be violent. The Brooklyn Nets, on the other hand, managed to take advantage of the lack of concentration from the Celtics. Joe Johnson scored 18 points and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Nets opened up a 21-point, first-half lead.

Now, the Nets are 10-4 for the season, but what’s more important here is that they are on one heck of a streak. Brooklyn has managed to win 9 of their last 11 games. And as a matter of fact, it doesn’t really matter how much the Celtics tried. Sure there was some good performances from Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Considering that Rondo was out early in the game, Garnett had to go into overdrive and he finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Pierce added 14 points for Boston, but they really never had a chance. The Nets dominated from the start, they really never gave the Celtics a chance. The Nets led by eight after one quarter and scored 19 of the first 25 points in the second to make it 47-26. They never looked back.

It is still unclear whether Rondo and the other players will get any further suspensions. If we can comment on this one, it really seems as if Kris Humphries was only trying to defend himself. "I think guys just try to defend themselves", Nets coach Avery Johnson said in the post game press conference. "I think the league should really take that into account. Because I don't know if guys can just walk away all the time. They've got to kind of protect themselves". Perhaps, Johnson is right.

About the Author

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.