Celtics take down Nets

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NEW YORK (AP) Jae Crowder could tell right from the tip that the Boston Celtics were focused.

They were also winners again,
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Crowder scored a career high 25 points with a strong start and clutch plays down the stretch, and the Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 103 94 on Monday to split a home and home series.

Crowder had 14 points in the first quarter, then was largely quiet until hitting a 3 pointer and adding a three point play after Brooklyn got close in the final minutes. He surpassed his previous best of 24 points by making a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining.

"He’s hit big shots for us all year. He’s not afraid of the moment and he stepped up," coach Brad Stevens said.

Isaiah Thomas added 19 points for the Celtics, who rebounded from consecutive losses at home, including the Nets‘ 100 97 victory on Saturday. Evan Turner, starting for the injured Avery Bradley, had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

"We were locked in as a unit and it showed the first five minutes of the game," Crowder said. "We came out and we got into them and dictated the way the game was going to go."

Thaddeus Young had 23 points and a season high 15 rebounds for the Nets,
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Brooklyn committed 14 turnovers that led to 20 points, and coach Lionel Hollins was asked if that was due to the adjustment of playing without Jack.

"If you want to make excuses, yeah. There’s always a rationalization for anything bad that happens,
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The Celtics lost at home last week to the Lakers and Nets, two of the NBA’s worst teams, but seemed to leave that poor play behind with a 37 point first quarter that gave them a 15 point lead.

They were ahead by as much as 19 but never put away the Nets, who drew within five with 3 minutes left. Crowder then hit a 3 to steady the Celtics.

Nets: The Nets wrapped up their season series with the Celtics before they’ve even played one game against fellow Atlantic Division rival Toronto, which visits Wednesday. . Young had double doubles in all four games against the Celtics. The last Nets player with four double doubles in a season against one opponent was Deron Williams against the Knicks in 2012 13.


Sullinger said he didn’t join the huddle during a timeout in the second half of Saturday’s game because he was "blowing off steam." Asked what upset him,
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