Nets Get Blown Out in Boston

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 02: Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics heads for the net as Deron Williams #8 and DeShawn Stevenson #92 of the New Jersey Nets defend on March 2, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Nets' road winning streak came to an ugly end with a drubbing in Boston on Friday. Brook Lopez was the lone bright spot as the Nets turned the ball over 20 times and allowed the Celtics to shoot 52 percent.

A 15-2 run early in the first quarter put the Celtics in control, and 18-1 run midway through the second turned the game into a blowout. The Nets trailed by as many as 26 points in the third.

Lopez led all scorers with 28 points on 10-for-21 shooting, but grabbed just three rebounds in 35 minutes. Deron Williams scored 12 points and dished out eight assists. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 27 points, while Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett both recorded double-doubles.

Gerald Green had his second double-figure scoring effort, with 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting, against the team that drafted him. He also played 25 minutes to starter DeShawn Stevenson's 15. Doc Rivers, who clashed with Green when the two were in Boston, said he's seen a new maturity in Green. Avery Johnson agreed, saying Green has watching a lot of video to improve his game.

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