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Nets Give Celtics a Scare, but Fall Short Once Again

With four starters out, the Nets weren't expected to keep Saturday's game with the healthy Celtics close for more than a few minutes. But the winless Nets put up a fight, and after three quarters, they had a two-point lead. But Boston took the lead for good early in the fourth, made nine of their first 12 shots in the period and held on for a 86-76 win. The Nets held the Celtics' big three somewhat in check, but shot 43 percent from the field and turned the ball over 24 times. Brook Lopez led all scorers with 23 points and Rafer Alston added 20 points and seven assists. At 0-7, the Nets are off to the worst start in franchise history.