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After Strong Three Quarters, Nets Fall in Boston

The last time the Nets and Celtics played, Boston led 71-35 at halftime. On Friday, the Nets were up by four at the half, having shot 19-30 in the first 24 minutes. Though they cooled off a bit in the third quarter, they still led by one heading into the fourth. But Eddie House, with help from Ray Allen, led the Celtics on a 14-4 run to begin the final period and the Celtics held on for a nine-point win. House scored all 10 of his points in the fourth, while Allen led all scorers with 26. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 19 points and Devin Harris added 17 points and eight assists. Yi Jianlian and Jarvis Hayes had 10 points each and Courtney Lee had 12. Kris Humphries led the Nets with eight rebounds but was 1-6 from the floor. The Nets are now 1-25 on the road and have lost 16 of their last 17 games.