Nets vs. Celtics final score: Brooklyn wins ugly contest

Jared Wickerham

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Boston Celtics, 95-83, in a game that featured three ejections after a fight at the end of the first half.

The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Boston Celtics, 95-83, on Wednesday night in a game that featured an ugly turn of events late in the first half.

With time winding down in the second quarter, Kris Humphries fouled Kevin Garnett on a drive to the basket that sent Garnett to the ground. Immediately following the foul, Rajon Rondo shoved Humphries, leading to scuffle involving several players.

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When the dust finally cleared, Rondo, Humphries and Gerald Wallace were all ejected.

Aside from being a tough blow to the Celtics, Rondo's ejection also meant the end to his 37-game streak of 10 or more assists.

Though the halftime score might have been an afterthought, Brooklyn went into the locker room up, 51-38.

The Nets maintained a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter, and a small Boston run did little to change the course of the game. A pair of Jared Sullinger free throws cut the deficit to nine with 8:33 left, but that was as close as Boston would get.

Joe Johnson led all scorers with 18 points. Andray Blatche and Jerry Stackhouse both had 17 off the bench for the Nets.

Garnett and Brandon Bass both had 16 to lead the Celtics. Garnett also added 10 rebounds, but Boston lost the battle of the boards, 50-40.

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