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Studs and Duds: Brook Lopez, Nets upset Celtics

01.02.16 at 7:03 pm ET
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For the second game in a row, the Celtics‘ lost at home against one of the league’s bottom feeders in what was one of the most disappointing defeats of the season.

The Nets beat the Celtics, 100-97, and considering Boston owns Brooklyn’s first-round pick, the C’s didn’t do themselves any favors by suffering their second loss at the hands of Brooklyn in 2015-16. The two teams face each other again in Brooklyn on Monday.

Throughout a dreadful third quarter, Celtics coach Brad Stevens tried every lineup combination he could think of to spark some sort of offensive rhythm — but nothing seemed to work. The Nets (10-23) outscored the C’s 25-16 in the third quarter and carried a 10-point lead into the final frame. Behind an 11-2 run, the Celtics tied the game at 83. The Nets then responded with their own 9-2 run, forcing the Celtics (18-15) to play catch-up until the final minute, when the C’s crawled back to make it a one-possession game.

With 10 seconds left, Marcus Smart stole Brooklyn’s inbound pass, setting up a fast break that set up an open look for Jonas Jerebko, whose game-tying 3-point attempt from the corner bounced off the rim. Smart saved the ball from going out of bounds, but Jae Crowder couldn’t get a shot off before the game clock struck zero.

Brook Lopez‘s monster double-double (30 points, 13 rebounds) led the Nets. Joe Johnson added 20 points, and Thaddeus Young had 16. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 24 points, Crowder scored 16 and Evan Turner finished with 12. For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

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Studs and Duds: Kobe Bryant delivers one last dagger to sink Celtics

12.30.15 at 10:26 pm ET
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After exacting NBA Finals revenge against the Celtics in 2010, Kobe Bryant has softened on Boston, and for the first time since the infamous 2007 “MVP” chants, the city returned the sentiment, offering a standing ovation during the starting lineup role call before playfully booing him on his first few possessions.

It was exactly the sort of reaction Boston reserves for its most worthy adversaries –€” Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and, yes, Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and one of the greatest players ever to play the game of basketball.

The Boston brass presented Bryant with a piece of the parquet before his final game in the Garden, and then the Celtics gave him more ground on the floor, as the 17-time All-Star sunk a 28-foot dagger of a 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining in a 112-104 victory.

Bryant finished with a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds) in 33 minutes, as the Lakers won for just the sixth time all season. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 24 points and seven assists. Evan Turner (20 points, 8 assists), Jae Crowder (17 points) and Avery Bradley (13 points) also reached double figures for the Celtics, who fell to 18-14 and had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Marcus Smart was benched for the first quarter after missing the team’s walk-through due to a flat tire, Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the game. Smart scored four points in 11 minutes.

For a complete box score, click here. To go beyond the box, read on.

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Stud and Duds: Isaiah Thomas, Celtics win fourth straight

12.27.15 at 10:37 pm ET
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For three quarters, the Celtics sat comfortably ahead of the Knicks before New York found its rhythm in the final frame — but the C’s fended off their hosts in a 100-91 victory.

The C’s defense coerced the Knicks into bad passes and off-balance shots, forcing eight of the Knicks’ 13 turnovers in the third quarter and building a double-digit lead. Offensively, the Celtics got a lot of players involved, making it difficult for the Knicks to stop the bleeding.

In the fourth quarter, New York scored in transition and from the free-throw line to cut the C’s lead to five before Boston’s 10-6 run in the final four minutes clinched the win. Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 21 points to go with eight rebounds and six assists. Jae Crowder added 18 points and six rebounds. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 29 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie Kristaps Porzingis (16 points, 12 rebounds) also finished with a double-double.

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Studs and Duds: Celtics beat Pistons for another road win

12.26.15 at 10:14 pm ET
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There’s no place like the road?

The Celtics defeated the Pistons 99-93 at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday night, improving to 19-6 outside of Boston. After an even first half, the C’s pulled away in the third quarter. They held Detroit to 30 percent shooting in winning the frame, 25-15, holding Andre Drummond scoreless after the center amassed 17 points and nine rebounds in the first half.

Detroit made a late surge to cut the C’s lead to two with less than a minute to play, but former Piston Jonas Jerebko’s jumper with 10.7 seconds sealed the game for Boston.

Avery Bradley scored 15 of his team-high 18 points in the first half. In classic fashion, five other C’s scored in double figures: Thomas (17 points), Turner (13), Johnson (12), Crowder (11) and Sullinger (10). Drummond, who would currently start in the All-Star game for the Eastern Conference, finished with 22 points and 22 rebounds. Reggie Jackson scored 17 points, and Marcus Morris added 16.

The Celtics (17-13) return home to play the Knicks on Sunday night in Boston, while the Pistons (17-14) will play next against the same Knick team on Tuesday in New York.

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Studs and Duds: Kelly Olynyk leads Celtics over Hornets in Charlotte

12.24.15 at 12:17 am ET
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Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk

Behind a steady defense and a second-half offensive surge, the Celtics beat the Hornets 102-89 in Charlotte on Wednesday night, improving to 11-9 against the East and 8-6 on the road.

Overall, the C’s leapfrogged the Hornets (15-13) in the standings and improved to 16-13, keeping pace with the rest of an Eastern Conference pack of 11 teams separated by just 4.5 games.

The Hornets rallied in the fourth quarter, but never led once throughout the night. Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer brought the Hornets to within six points before the Celtics finished them off with a 10-3 run in the final three minutes to clinch the win. Kelly Olynyk’s team-high 20 points led a group of four C’s with 18-plus points. Jae Crowder notched his third straight double-double (19 points, 12 rebounds), while Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 18.

Frank Kaminsky’s 23 points led the Hornets, and Batum added 17. The Celtics offered Charlotte a cache of first-round picks in hopes of moving up to select Justise Winslow, but Michael Jordan turned down the deal to draft Kaminsky.

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Studs and Duds: Celtics dominate Kevin Garnett-less Timberwolves

12.21.15 at 9:59 pm ET
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Celtics fans didn’t get to see Kevin Garnett, and all they’re “We want KG” chants went for naught, but they did get to watch their team spank the Timberwolves, 113-99.

Kelly Olynyk led six Celtics in double figures with 19 points, helping the Celtics snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 15-13. They’re as close to the second seed as they are to 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Jae Crowder (18 points, 10 rebounds), Tyler Zeller (14 points, 8 rebounds), David Lee (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Avery Bradley (13 points) also reached double-digits. Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner combined for 22 assists, as the Celtics assisted on 34 of their 46 field goals.

Rookie Karl Towns led the Timberwolves (11-17) with 25 points and 16 rebounds.

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Kevin Garnett on Celtics vs. New York fans: ‘Bostonians all day’

12.21.15 at 7:36 am ET
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As Kevin Garnett arrives with the Timberwolves for what could be his last visit to Boston as a player, he’s coming off a 15-point victory against the Nets on Sunday in Brooklyn — his third of three NBA homes. So, the Minneapolis Star Tribune took the opportunity to ask the former Celtics superstar if he preferred Boston or New York fans.

“Bostonians all day,” said Garnett. “And they know that.”

While Garnett conceded he enjoyed his “living experience” in New York City and “playing before the crowd in Brooklyn was dope,” nothing tops winning a title in Boston, where he also made a second trip to the finals and a third appearance in the conference finals. “Every time I go to Boston I’ll have that sentimental feeling,” he said.

Garnett grabbed seven boards over 10 minutes in the 100-85 win against the Nets. The Celtics host his Wolves at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night. He is signed through 2017 for another $8 million, but there’s some speculation that as his minutes dwindle while he approaches age 40 that salary could be folded into a front-office gig in Minnesota.

Interestingly, Celtics coach Brad Stevens compared Jae Crowder’s tireless approach to the grit and balls that Garnett famously brought to the locker room whether it was practice time or Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

“I’€™m far from that. I can say that,” Crowder told reporters gathered at Sunday’s practice. “That’€™s a guy I look up to and I heard a lot of stories about him and that’€™s what I try to mold myself into being. I mean that’€™s an honor for him to say that, but I’€™m far from that. That’€™s a goal of mine to become a guy like him. That’€™s my approach is to try to become the most vocal leader at practice and when the cameras and stuff aren’€™t around.”

And how would Stevens know Garnett’s work ethic so well? Well, funny story about the two 39-year-olds …

“I was playing an AAU tournament with him on the court next to me,” Stevens told the media. “I don’€™t think I could be playing right now, physically, let alone as well as he does. But it’€™s pretty impressive what he’€™s done.”

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