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Depleted Nets Suffer More Injuries In Blowout Loss To Celtics

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Things might eventually get better for the Nets, but first, they're getting worse. They were already down three starters when they tipped off in Boston on Wednesday, and then lost two more, MarShon Brooks and Damion James, in an 89-70 Celtics victory.

James left the game in the second quarter with a sore right foot and did not return, while Brooks suffered a twisted left ankle early in the fourth. After the game, both said they were fine. Brooks had an X-ray that proved negative. James didn't need an X-ray. The Nets practice in Toronto Thursday and play the Raptors Friday night.

Led by Brooks, the Nets actually led the game by four early in the third quarter. But the Celtics then took control with a 21-6 run and led by as many as 24 in the fourth.

The Nets shot 41 percent from the field, hitting on just four of their 20 3-point attempts. Brooks scored 15 points in the first half, but the Celtics swarmed him after halftime and he finished with 17 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Jordan Farmar added 11 points and six assists, Anthony Morrow finally shot well (4-for-7), and Jordan Williams scored his first career points (4) and grabbed his first career rebounds (5) in seven minutes of play.