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Pierce expects to play against Magic

02.06.10 at 4:35 pm ET
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WALTHAM — Paul Pierce (left foot sprain) practiced on Saturday and expects to play on Sunday against the Magic. Doc Rivers said it will be a game day decision based on the fact that Pierce looked hesitant on live plays, but Pierce says he is ready to go. He categorized his recovery as “not quite one-hundred percent but it’s good enough for me to play.”

“I think it’s my decision,” he said. “[Doc] asked me if I could play tomorrow and I told him yeah. I got out there and did some of the drills we had going on today.”

As for Wednesday’s contest against the Hornets and All-Star Weekend (Pierce is slated to participate in the Three-Point Shootout and All-Star Game), he will determine how much he can play after Sunday’s game. Considering he has been able to walk around on his foot and has not required any extra tape or a boot, he hopes he won’t have to miss anything and still be ready for the upcoming West Coast road trip.

For him, it’s a matter of healing. But he won’t push himself either.

“If things don’t work out, then they’re not going to work out,” he said.

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Eddie House makes it count in money time

02.05.10 at 11:38 pm ET
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Eddie House talks about his big fourth quarter, when he scored all 10 of his points in a 96-87 Celtics win over the Nets at TD Garden.

Kiki on his Nets: ‘We hung right in there’

02.05.10 at 11:23 pm ET
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Nets head coach Kiki Vandeweghe addresses media after Celtics beat the Nets, 96-87, in Boston to drop his team to 4-45 on the season.

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Fast Break: Celtics vs. Nets

02.05.10 at 10:01 pm ET
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The Celtics may have won the game, 96-87, but it wasn’t pretty. The Nets tested the C’s for the majority of the game and led, 73-72, heading into the fourth quarter.The Celtics allowed the Nets to shoot at an astonishingly high percentage in the first half (63.3 percent, compared to their league-worst season average of 42.2 percent). The C’s were also outplayed in the paint.

But the Celtics were carried by their backcourt and bench — a game-high 26 points from Ray Allen, 17 from Rajon Rondo, and a combined 30 from Rasheed Wallace, Eddie House and Glen Davis led the Celtics to avoid a humiliating loss against the worst team in the NBA.

Player of the game: Eddie House scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter and took back the game for the Celtics. House had shot 0-for-4 from the field, including 0-for-3 from 3-point range, heading into the final quarter.

Turning point: House hit a 3-pointer with nine minutes left in the game to put the Celtics up 77-75. The C’s forced a turnover on the next possession, and Bill Walker drew a foul to push the lead to four. This gave the C’s the edge and control over the ballgame.

– Ray Allen led a balanced attack throughout the game, scoring 11 points in the first half and another 15 in the second.

Brook Lopez won the battle of the bigs against Kendrick Perkins. He posted 19 points and six rebounds in 41 minutes. Perkins scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes.

– The Celtics committed a pair of careless turnovers down the stretch. They were called for a 24-second violation shortly followed by an eight-second violation. Earlier in the game, officials rescinded a fourth-quarter trey by House and ruled that a 24-second shot clock violation had occurred.

– The Celtics will face the Magic on Sunday in Boston. The Magic lost on Friday night to the Wizards.

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Third Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Nets

02.05.10 at 9:26 pm ET
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Third quarter: Nets 73 – Celtics 72

The Celtics were unable to come out of halftime and put the Nets away. The underdogs aren’t backing down and they continue to attack the basket and the glass. They are outrebounding the C’s 26-22.

Ray Allen leads all players with 21 points. Brook Lopez and Rajon Rondo have scored 17 apiece. The Celtics are 5-10 when trailing after three quarters.

Second Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Nets

02.05.10 at 8:42 pm ET
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Second Quarter: Nets 55 – Celtics 51

The boos were audible. This is a score you would expect from the Warriors or Suns before the Nets. Despite ranking last in the league (42.2 percent), the Nets are shooting 63 percent from the field. They have a 55-51 lead at halftime.

Rajon Rondo leads all players with 12 points. The Celtics are 8-5 when trailing at halftime.

First Quarter Wrap: Celtics vs. Nets

02.05.10 at 8:07 pm ET
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First quarter: Celtics 29 – Nets 25

The Celtics jumped out to a four-point lead over the Nets shooting 57 percent in the first quarter. The Nets shot slightly better at 59 percent, but the C’s maintained an advantage with nine rebounds and nine assists.

Ray Allen leads all players with nine points and Rajon Rondo chipped in with eight. Brook Lopez scored a team-high eight seven points for the Nets.

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