Celtics

Final: Celtics 112, Nets 104 — Fourth quarter lockdown defense leads to win

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Without star point guard Kyrie Irving (sore hip), the Celtics used scoring balance and their defense to take down the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, holding the Nets to just nine points in the first nine minutes of the frame, which helped them pull away for a 112-104 victory.

Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown (21 points) led six different Celtics who scored in double figures as Boston did well finding seams inside Brooklyn's 2-3 zone defense for much of the night, despite a rough shooting evening from 3-point range (32 percent). Aron Baynes had 16 points off the bench while Al Horford had his third straight double-double to go with a season-high six blocks