Yes it matters, because the Nets went from having 4 wins in the season to 5 wins. It’s a win, nothing more and nothing less. The game between the Nets and the Celtics turned out to be an instant classic, with the Nets using the Celtics’ own style of toughness and grit. The battle went on till the final buzzer sounded, but the Nets came up on top with the final score of 102-97. This was their first win against the Celtics since March 2011. The shorthanded Celtics aided the Nets by missing clutch free throws down the stretch. Without their leader Rajon Rondo, the Celtics looked lost on offense at times. And in his absence, the backcourt of the Nets clearly outplayed its counterpart on the Celtics. Even without Rondo, this is a Celtics team that has depth, coaching, and the talent to be a contender. The Nets backcourt combined for 43 points, but combined to shoot a lowly 12 of 36. Let’s not forget that the Nets were also shorthanded with Gerald Wallace missing his 6th straight game due to a sprained left ankle. Gerald’s presence on the court is often underrated because his style of play isn’t flashy, but he gets the job done on offense while taking on the tough task of defending the opponent’s best player, namely Paul Piece. Pierce finished with 22 points and made 8 of 12 field goals. Keith Bogans is not a substitute for what Gerald brings to the table for this Nets team. Brook Lopez was the best player on the court last night for the Nets finishing with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 very important blocks. It’s well-known that Brook struggles at rebounding, but Billy King has done an outstanding job of pairing rugged rebounders like Humphries and Evans with Brook Lopez. Humphries finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Evans grabbed 9 rebounds off the bench. After losing to Miami last week, this was Brooklyn’s chance to show the naysayers that they can beat a top team in the NBA. The atmosphere at Barclays Center was again surreal and it provided a great home court advantage down the stretch for the Nets. The fans were rowdy, with "BroookLynn" chants taking over the arena throughout the game, but most importantly down the stretch.
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