New Jersey Nets defeat Boston Celtics, 104-96

Center Brook Lopez scored 25 points and guards Devin Harris and Courtney Lee added 23 and 21 points and the New Jersey Nets topped the Boston Celtics 104-96 Saturday

The Nets, who entered the game 5-52 and 2-27 on the road, took a 29-27 lead on Keyon Dooling's jumper at the end of the first quarter and never trailed again.

Kevin Garnett had 26 points and Marquis Daniels had 16 for the Celtics, playing their third straight game without Paul Pierce.

The Celtics cut ...

The Boston Celtics haven't found a way to fix their defensive woes.

Center Brook Lopez scored 25 points and guards Devin Harris and Courtney Lee added 23 and 21 points and the New Jersey Nets topped the Celtics 104-96 Saturday.

The Nets, who entered the game 5-52 and 2-27 on the road, took a 29-27 lead on Keyon Dooling's jumper at the end of the first quarter and never trailed again.

"Any win for us is big. There's no question," Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe said. "B...

You assumed the scent of the smelling salts would come at some point.

When the New Jersey Nets erased the 12-2 lead the Celtics jumped to, forcing turnovers that led to easy buckets, beating the Celtics to rebounds, and getting to the foul line time after time to take a 29-27 first-quarter lead, you assumed the Celtics would respond.

When Yi Jianlian hustled to keep a Keyon Dooling miss alive, then Brook Lopez scrapped for another offensive rebound, converting the pu...