Final: Nets 110, Celtics 96 — Another third quarter collapse

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The Celtics showed some fight for a half without Kyrie Irving (back) and Al Horford (knee) but things got away from them quickly in the third quarter as D'Angelo Russell erupted for 20 of his 29 points, which helped the Nets pull away for a 110-96 win. Russell finished with a double-double (29 points, 10 assists) to lead five different Nets in double figures as Brooklyn dominated Boston with a 61-48 second half thanks to a woeful performance by the majority of the Celtics starting five.

Gordon Hayward led the visitors with 19 points off the bench but Boston only had three players in double figures as Terry Rozier (two points) and Marcus Smart (nine points) struggled for most of the night. The loss pushes Boston back into the fifth seed with five games remaining.

First Half Notes