The Boston Celtics  defeated the New Jersey Nets  83-66 behind 44 solid minutes from Gabe Pruitt . Kendrick Perkins  led the Celtics with 18 point and 9 rebounds. Ryan Anderson  scored 20 for the Nets. A few postgame notes:
- Pruitt was the talk of evening as Kevin Garnett  and Paul Pierce  sang his praises. KG pointed out that Pruitt goes up against Pierce, Ray Allen , and Rajon Rondo  every day in practice, naturally improving any player. “Playing against the Truth, giving him a good taste of what the Truth is all about will make you better,” he said.
- Nets head coach Lawrence Frank  gave kudos to Perkins and called him “dominant presence in the game.” He also noted that his team got caught up in rotations, weren’t hitting their shots (31.9% FG), and failed at keeping the Celtics off the glass.
- On that note, the Celtics outrebounded the Nets 56-29. Pruitt (12 rebounds) grabbed more boards than Nets starting big men Bobby Simmons, Yi Jianlian, and Brook Lopez  combined.
The Celtics will take on the New York Knicks  on Tuesday night in NYC.