Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics defeat Brooklyn Nets 112-104


Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and the Celtics beat Brooklyn 112-104 on Monday night to snap the injury-riddled Nets’ six-game winning streak.


Aron Baynes had 16 points, Marcus Morris 15, and Al Horford and Terry Rozier each had 14 for Boston, which tied a franchise record with 16 blocked shots and won for the sixth time in seven games.


“I’m just disappointed; I didn’t think we made the extra pass tonight,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said of the blocked shots.


Celtics: Coach Brad Stevens explained the need to be smart handling Irving’s days he doesn’t play.


We were going to sit him eight to 12 games anyways, so when he has nicks and bruises it makes sense to sit.” … F Gordon Hayward needed two stitches to close a first-quarter cut on his left hand, but he returned to the floor in the second.


They were missing six players Monday – five that get decent minutes: F Treveon Graham (sore lower back), G Spencer Dinwiddie (surgery Monday, right thumb), F Allen Crabbe (sore right knee), F Jared Dudley (strained left hamstring), F Caris LeVert (right foot injury) and G/F Dzanan Musa (left shoulder injury).






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