Up 30-18, the Celtics  started the second quarter with an undersized lineup of Gabe Pruitt , Eddie House , Tony Allen , Glen Davis , and Leon Powe . Powe, playing the five spot, quickly earned his share of bruises by single-handedly taking on the Nets  under the basket on two consecutive possessions.
Rivers subbed Bill Walker  in for Pruitt around the seven-minute mark. The PG got his first rest after playing 16 minutes (6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists). House shifted to the one and and Allen to the two, giving the Celtics more size on the perimeter.