Boston Celtics

Missing 6 Players, Shorthanded Nets Fall To Celtics 112-104

(CBSNewYork/AP) — Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and the Boston 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.

The Celtics played without star guard Kyrie Irving, who was sidelined with a sore left hip.

Brown capped the spree with a 3-pointer from the right corner, pushing Boston’s lead to 102-90 with just over 7 minutes to play.

As one of the NBA’s surprise teams, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson has tried not to waver from his concept on how to turn things around after two losing seasons.

Brooklyn was 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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