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Sounds of the game… Celtics 118, Nets 86

When the Celtics [1] were in the midst of a slump that had them losing seven of nine, captain Paul Pierce [2] said they needed to get their swagger back, especially on defense.

Well they can thank the Toronto Raptors [3] and New Jersey Nets [4] for helping them to regain some of the confidence that was on display when they opened the season 27-2.

Pierce hit all five of his three-pointers in the third quarter as the Celtics romped to their thrid straight win. This looked more like the romps that were common place in the first two months of the season. The defense forced 20 turnovers and even without Kendrick Perkins [5], the Green dominated the glass. And on the offensive side, Rajon Rondo [6], when he wasn’t throwing in half-hooks, dished out 12 assists helping the Celtics ease to their 32nd win, by 32 points.

Doc Rivers said the team’s rhythm isn’t back but it’s getting there [7].

Paul Pierce feels the team’s confidence is coming back slowly but surely [8].

Pierce on his five three-pointers in the third quarter [9].

Rajon Rondo said the team is playing better after their 2-7 dip [10].

Rondo said he can sense the team is starting to play better together [11].

Eddie House said the Celtics are getting back to where they were early in season [12].

Bill Walker said his improved defense will keep him up with the Celtics [13].

Nets coach Lawrence Frank said the Celtics just kicked the Nets good [14].

Next up for the Celtics, after a day off on Thursday and practice on Friday, a rematch with the Nets in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.