First impressions: Celtics 111, Nets 87

January, 13, 2010
1/13/10
10:09
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Instant reaction after the Boston Celtics posted a 111-87 triumph over the New Jersey Nets Wednesday night at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

How the game was won: The Celtics put seven players in double figures, including its entire starting five, with Paul Pierce registering a game-high 24 points and Rajon Rondo posting 11 points and 14 assists. Boston shot 53.1 percent (43 of 81).

Turning point: The Celtics were in control from the moment the team bus arrived at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Boston boasted a double-digit lead little more than five minutes into the game and scored a season-high 38 first-quarter points. By halftime, the Celtics' lead had ballooned to 36 in scoring a season-best 71 first-half points.

Stat of the game: Boston logged 30 assists on 43 field goals. While Rondo accounted for nearly half of them, nine players registered at least one assist.

Unsung hero: Bill Walker, who hadn't played this month, came off the bench for the final six minutes, registering 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. What's more, Walker had a poster-ready dunk and a pair of nice feeds on two J.R. Giddens buckets.

What it means: In the midst of a stretch that features four games in five nights and three cities, the banged-up Celtics appreciated a breezy win over the lowly Nets. If not for the meltdown Monday night against Atlanta, the Celtics would be a perfect 3-0 entering the final game of the busy clip when the Bulls visit the TD Garden Thursday night. The only downside: Glen Davis, who came off the bench to score 13 points, appeared to get hit near his surgically-repaired right thumb in the fourth quarter and spent the final moments icing his hand.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksK. Humphries 0.9