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Boston Rests Stars, Still Beats Nets

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Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen did not play, but the Celtics were still able to handle the Nets Thursday night at the IZOD Center, 111-108. The Nets scored the first nine points of the game and led by as many as 14 in the early minutes, but the Celtics scored 37 points in the second quarter to take a three-point lead at the break. Boston controlled the game for most of the second half and when the Nets had a chance to tie on the final possession, Chris Douglas-Roberts was stripped by Eddie House. Vince Carter led the Nets with 19 points in 22 minutes, while Yi Jianlian added 15 before fouling out late in the third. The Nets turned the ball over 26 times, while House and Tony Allen combined for 53 points for Boston.