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Nets Drop to 0-3 in Preseason with Loss in Boston

The Nets hung close with the Celics in Boston Sunday afternoon, but came up short once again. The Celtics took control of the game with a 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter and were up 13 with less than three minutes to go. The Nets made a late run and cut it to three in the final minute, but the Celtics put the game away at the free throw line. The Nets outrebounded the Celtics 41-40, but shot just 41% from the field and 5-17 from 3-point range. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 21 points, 8 boards and 3 blocks, getting to the line 14 times. Yi Jianlian added 20 points and 8 rebounds and Josh Boone finished with 14 points and 7 boards. Courtney Lee scored 11 points in his Nets debut, while Paul Pierce led all scorers with 25 points.