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Nets at Celtics, Final Score: Boston manhandles Brooklyn in season-opener, 121-105.

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Yeah, it was that ugly.

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Brooklyn Nets basketball is officially back! It feels good to finally say that after such a long offseason. The Nets started their season against the Celtics in Boston, where the guys in white looked to get their season off to a good start. It would be tough, however. The Nets were without Brook Lopez, who is day to day with a mild foot sprain.

The Nets knew it would be difficult without Lopez, but wow did they "struggle" in all aspects of the game. Their defense was an abomination, which led to a Boston-blowout, 121-105.  The 121 points were the most ever for a Nets opponent on an Opening Night.

The Nets allowed the Celtics to shoot 56% from the field (36% from three), beat the Nets in the assists column 28-20, and outscored Brooklyn in the paint, 62-40. The Nets shot 49% from the field, while shooting 39% from three and committed 21 turnovers. As it says in the quarterly analysis, the Celtics 17-1 first-half run would be the turning point for this game.

Mirza Teletovic's offense was one of the only positive signs for the Nets. He led the team with 20 points, six rebounds and two blocks on 8-11 shooting. His defense was less stellar. Deron Williams redeemed his poor first half by finishing with 19 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, two steals and one block, followed by Joe Johnson who also finished with 19 points and Kevin Garnett who had 10 points. In his NBA debut, Bojan Bogdanovic finished with seven points and two assists in 23 minutes of action. Andrei Kirilenko, who was upset after his lack of playing time last season, received just 10 minutes Wednesday night.  The night's big disappointment was Mason Plumlee who got into foul trouble early, played only 11 minutes. He finished with four points and four boards ... and a number of defensive miscues.

As for Boston, eight players finished in double figures, while Kelly Olynyk led the team with 19 points and six rebounds, followed up with Jeff Green who finished with 17 points. Rajon Rondo, who was deemed questionable heading into this game, finished with 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds.

After the game, Coach Lionel Hollins wasn't shy about the Nets' porous defense. "It was like an open gate. All the sheep got out of the gate. It was layup after layup." Then, Rod Boone tweeted this out:

Andy Vasquez noted that D-Will wasn't defending the "effort."

Quarter by quarter summary:

The Nets got off to a poor start on the defensive side of the ball. It took the Celtics just seven minutes to crack 20 points, as they continued to watch their lead rise.  With the Nets playing such timid defense, the Celtics finished the first quarter shooting a 59% compared to the Nets 41%. Within that 59%, they were 4-of-7 from three, exposing the Nets flaws defending the perimeter. The score was 32-23 Boston after the first quarter of the season.

The Nets defensive woes continued in the second quarter. The Celtics were open on almost every offensive possession. To make things worse, frustration was increasing. Lionel Hollins was given a technical foul with over three minutes remaining in the quarter as he watched his team trail by 13.

How bad was it?

The Celtics finished the half on a 17-1 run, outscoring Brooklyn 35-18 in the second quarter alone and shot a scorching 61% from the field. They were also 46% from the perimeter, but most notably, they were getting shots in the paint at will, finishing with 36 points down low. They also had an 18-9 assist advantage over Brooklyn, and a 23-16 rebound advantage as well.

Marcus Thornton and Jared Sullinger led the way for Boston with 10 points apiece, while Joe Johnson was the lone Net in double figures with 10. Deron Williams got off to a poor start, scoring six first-half points on 1-of-7 shooting.

Score at the half: Celtics 67, Nets 41.

It looked like the Nets had a spark lit under them at halftime as Deron Williams nailed four consecutive shots for seven points. They cut the deficit to 19, but five straight points from Rajon Rondo, one a bank-shot three, put the Celtics back up 24 with five minutes remaining. It was just one of those nights.

Things continued to go downhill in the third quarter. It seemed like it was one step forward, two steps back for the Nets. There were absolutely no positives from this game, as the Celtics once again had a 30+ point quarter and a huge advantage over Brooklyn. They trailed 101-72 heading into the fourth quarter.

Despite being down 29, the Nets weren't giving up. They jolted themselves to a 17-5 run within the first five minutes of the quarter, decreasing their deficit to 17 with seven minutes remaining. Even then, the Nets couldn't fully capitalize on their opportunities. They outscored Boston 31-20 in the fourth quarter, but it was way too late.

Final score: Celtics 121, Nets 105.

The Nets will travel to the Palace of Auburn Hills this Saturday night to face the Detroit Pistons.

For more on the Boston Celtics, check them out at CelticsBlog.