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Rapid Reaction: Celtics 91, Nets 84

3/7/2014

The Brooklyn Nets couldn’t buy a basket and saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with a 91-84 loss to the Boston Celtics Friday night at TD Garden. They’ve had some poor performances this season, and this game is definitely among them.

What it means: The Nets (30-30) dropped back to .500 and fell to 15-2 in their past 17 games against sub-.500 teams.

They shot 36.3 percent from the field and went 4-for-30 from 3-point range. The Nets missed all 17 of their 3-point attempts in the first half. The Denver Nuggets shot an NBA-record 0-for-22 from beyond the arc on Dec. 20, 2012.

Down 64-48 in the third quarter, the Nets closed within 70-68 before the Celtics ended the quarter on an 8-2 run. It took Brooklyn 5:55 to record its first fourth-quarter field goal.

Given that the Toronto Raptors (34-26) won, this was a disappointing night. Brooklyn is now four games behind Toronto in the Atlantic Division with 22 games remaining.

Several Nets had rough nights, including Shaun Livingston (0-for-6 from the field, fouled out) and Marcus Thornton (1-for-9 from the field, 0-for-6 from 3-point range).

Deron Williams did score 20 points, though he was just 2-for-8 from downtown. Joe Johnson (illness) had 21 points, seven rebounds and shot 1-for-7 from 3-point territory.

Paul Pierce, in his second return to Boston, had 10 points and re-injured his neck area, which forced him to sit some of the third. Andrei Kirilenko might have suffered an injury while intercepting a pass in the fourth.

The Nets were annihilated on the glass 51-28.

No KG: Kevin Garnett missed his fourth straight game due to back spasms.

Up next: Following an off day, the Nets face the Sacramento Kings Sunday night at Barclays Center.