Doc Rivers  kept the starters on the bench for the first five minutes of the second quarter. The Nets  pushed the lead up to 37-31 before the Celtics  called a timeout to regroup. During that stretch the Celtics shot 2-for-7 while the Nets shot 3-for-6.
The Celtics picked up some steam once the remaining starters got back on the court, but only cut the deficit to seven-points, 49-42, at halftime. Perkins picked up a technical along the way.