Rondo, Celts down Nets

Updated: December 25, 2012

Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) – Rajon Rondo supplied a game-high 19 points,
and the visiting Boston Celtics posted a 93-76 victory over the Brooklyn Nets
on Christmas Day.

Rondo added six rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Celtics, who
had entered the Barclays Center on a five-game road skid.

Boston rookie Jared Sullinger made 6-of-7 field goals to finish with 16
points, while fellow reserve Jeff Green scored 15.

Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez had 15 points apiece for Brooklyn, which fell
to 3-9 in December.

The Nets were sloppy with the ball, committing 20 turnovers that resulted in
25 Boston points, and were held to 40.6 percent shooting despite getting off
to a good start.

Brooklyn shot 56.3 percent in the first quarter, but led only 24-22 in part
due to six giveaways.

Boston then took control of the game in the second quarter, heating up from
the floor while the Nets went cold. The Celtics shot nearly 60 percent during
the frame and carried a 56-42 lead into halftime. Brooklyn, conversely,
connected on 36.8 percent of its shots.

The Celtics’ advantage reached 64-43 when Paul Pierce made two free throws
with 7:13 remaining in the third quarter. Brooklyn responded with a 15-2 run
to get within single digits, but Rondo hit a 3-pointer to put Boston up 73-58
heading into the fourth stanza.

Brooklyn trailed by at least 12 points the rest of the way.

Game Notes

The Celtics improved to 12-17 all-time on Dec. 25, while the Nets fell to 4-4
… Pierce had eight points and 10 assists … Joe Johnson compiled 12 points
and Deron Williams scored 10 for Brooklyn … Nets forward Kris Humphries sat
out against the Celtics with a abdominal strain, an injury that will force him
to also miss Wednesday’s game at Milwaukee. He will be re-evaluated when the
team returns … Brooklyn won the first two matchups this season.