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Mar 30, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Ed Davis (17) drives past Boston Celtics forward Aron Baynes (46) in the second quarter against at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Mar 30, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Ed Davis (17) drives past Boston Celtics forward Aron Baynes (46) in the second quarter against at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

NEW YORK (AP) D'Angelo Russell scored 20 of his 29 points in another blistering third quarter against Boston, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 110-96 victory over the short-handed Celtics on Saturday night.

Back from a seven-game trip that lasted more than two weeks, the Nets had a happy homecoming thanks largely to Russell, who added 10 assists and finished with 25 points after halftime.

It was the third straight time he hurt the Celtics in the third quarter, and the Nets really needed this one after going 2-5 on the road and dropping into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

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Jan 18, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) points during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 18, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) points during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

After seven games and 17 days on the road, the Brooklyn Nets are glad to return home.

Even if the schedule presents some tough challenges with the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

One of those challenges occurs Saturday night when the Nets host the Boston Celtics, who are coming off a dramatic and important win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving's first game at MSG since the Kristaps Porzingis trade led to Knicks fans chanting his name.

In their first game since the big Kristaps Porzingis trade, the Knicks fell to the Kyrie Irving-led Celtics 113-99 at The Garden on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) With Porzingis gone, Irving may be one of the potential free agents that fills his spot this offseason, and Knicks fans welcomed him with loud cheers when he was called during starting lineups. And Irving continued to hear cheers as he dropped a game-high 23 points on 9-for-20 from the field with 10 rebounds and six assists as well for a double-double...

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`Dec 6, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
`Dec 6, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The Knicks (10-40) will play their first game after trading All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis (and Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke) to the Dallas Mavericks for two first-round picks, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan. The news of the trade emerged rapidly, after reports earlier in the day that Porzingis -- who has yet to play this year as he recovers from a torn ACL -- had met with Knicks management to express that he'd prefer to be traded.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

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. Horford had 11 rebounds.

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

D'Angelo Russell led the Nets with 25 points and Shabazz Napier had 20. Brooklyn had won 19 of its previous 24 games.

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell hits a 3-point shot during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets were often reminded in recent seasons about how they gave up three unprotected first-round picks, plus a 2017 first-round pick swap, to Boston as part of the 2013 trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

The Celtics turned those picks into Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and one that was used to obtain Kyrie Irving and elevate Boston into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.

Now the Nets are moving beyond the trade and getting into playoff contention for the first time in four seasons.

 

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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell drives past Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell drives past Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown in the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

D'Angelo Russell scored 18 of his 34 points in the third quarter and the Brooklyn Nets ended a 10-game losing streak to Boston with a 109-102 victory on Monday night, sending the Celtics to a winless three-game road trip.

With Kyrie Irving nursing a bruised right quadriceps, the Nets blew open the game with a 15-0 run in the third quarter and outscored the Celtics 44-21 in the period.

Jarrett Allen added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who have won nine of their last 10 home games. Rookie Rodions Kurucs also scored 19 points.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives the ball against Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis in the second half at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie drives the ball against Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis in the second half at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

A pair of Atlantic Division rivals hoping to rebound from tough showings get together Monday night when the Brooklyn Nets host the Boston Celtics.

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs in the second quarter at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving drives the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs in the second quarter at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games with an eye injury and scored 17 points to lead eight players in double figures as the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-95 on Monday night.

Jayson Tatum added 16 points, and Al HorfordGordon HaywardMarcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 12 for the Celtics, who won their third straight game.

Rodions Kurucs led Brooklyn with 24 points. Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 and Kenneth Faried scored 13 with 12 rebounds. The Nets lost for just the fourth time in their last 16 games.

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Nov 20, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 20, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) dribbles the ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The surging Nets will face another major test on Monday night. 

Brooklyn, one of the hottest teams in the NBA, heads to Boston to square off against the Celtics in a matchup of playoff contenders that was hard to fathom prior to the start of the season. 

The Nets (20-21) have won three straight and 12 of their last 15 games to climb into the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings, just 4.5 games behind the Celtics (23-15), who are in fifth place.

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`Dec 6, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
`Dec 6, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The Knicks failed to repeat their victory against the Celtics two weeks ago as they got blown out Thursday night in Boston, 128-100. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday night's game

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Nov 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts in the second quarter agains the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Nov 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) reacts in the second quarter agains the New Orleans Pelicans at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Working behind PG Emmanuel Mudiay's 26 points and G Allonzo Trier's career-high 24 points, the Knicks took down the Pelicans 114-109 at home on Friday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Since joining the starting five, Mudiay has been excelling in the role as the Knicks' point guard. Tonight, he was 10-for-20 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line for a season-high 26 points -- four shy of his career-high 30. He also had seven boards, two assists, and a team-high four steals as well.

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New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke reacts after making a basket near the end of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke reacts after making a basket near the end of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Trey Burke scored a game-high 29 points off the bench, none bigger than his dagger 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to seal Wednesday's 117-109 win over the Boston Celtics.

"He carried us home," head coach David Fizdale said, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

New York, which led by as many as 26 points in the first half, saw its lead cut to 112-109 late in the fourth quarter after a Jaylen Brown free throw.

But on the Knicks' following possession and the shot clock running down, Burke hit a straightaway 3-pointer over Jayson Tatum that made it a two-possession game and silenced the TD Garden crowd.

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Nov 21, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke (23) is guarded by Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Nov 21, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks point guard Trey Burke (23) is guarded by Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

After a couple of recent close encounters, the Knicks finally managed to close a game out, holding on to defeat the Boston Celtics on the road Wednesday night, 117-109, to snap a six-game losing streak. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks led for the entirety of the game but almost had deja vu from Friday's game vs. the Pelicans in the fourth quarter. The Knicks saw a 12-point lead with 2:27 remaining evaporate to just a one possession game in the final 30 seconds before they escaped with a much-needed victory. 

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Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving during media day at High Output Studios. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving during media day at High Output Studios. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Once considered a Knicks target in next year's free agency class, Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving announced he plans to re-sign on a long-term deal Boston instead of exploring other options.

"I do have a dream of putting my No. 11 in the rafters one day if I'm so blessed to do that, work my tail off," Irving said Friday, according to NBC Sports Boston's Chris Forsberg. "Obviously a lot of great players have come before me, but to throw my name in Boston Celtics tradition and history is something I'm glad I could do."

Irving, who was expected to be one of the most sought-after players in next season's free agency class that could also feature Jimmy ButlerKevin Durant and Klay Thompson, said repeatedly Thursday he plans to remain a Celtic, with whom he has spent one season after being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving shoots over Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving shoots over Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Kyrie Irving returned to the lineup and scored 25 points while wearing a mask, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-102 on Tuesday night for their 13th straight victory.

The Celtics remained unbeaten since an 0-2 start heading into their showdown Thursday in Boston against the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 19 points for the Celtics. >> Read more

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Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)
Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. (Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

The next time Kyrie Irving takes the court, he might be wearing a mask to protect his face from any inadvertent elbows.

Whether Irving's next appearance will be Tuesday when the Boston Celtics visit the Brooklyn Nets is unknown since the point guard is listed as questionable. >> Read more

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drives against Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas during the first half in Game 2 of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drives against Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas during the first half in Game 2 of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to trade Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah ThomasJae CrowderAnte Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 unprotected first-round pick, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

The Knicks were among several teams to make an offer for Irving, the 25-year-old former No. 1 draft pick, however New York was unwilling to trade Kristaps Porzingis as part of a deal and the Cavaliers wanted a package of younger talent and draft picks as opposed to Carmelo Anthony, whose name was among the rumors.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez battles with Boston Celtics center Al Horford for the tip off during the first quarter at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points to help the Boston Celtics beat back a fourth-quarter charge and defeat the Brooklyn Nets 114-105 on Monday night to keep alive their hopes of securing the Eastern Conference's top seed.

The Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title and can finish with no worse than the No. 2 seed.

Al Horford added 19 points and eight rebounds.

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Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Jeff Hornacek discuss the Knicks' 117-106 win over the Celtics on the road.

Derrick Rose matched his season high with 30 points, and the slumping New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 117-106 on Wednesday night.

New York played without injured starters Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah, but Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez each scored 17 points to help make up for their absence. It was just the third win in 14 games for the Knicks. >> Read more 

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Jan 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and center Kyle O'Quinn (M) react after guard Courtney Lee (5) scores against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and center Kyle O'Quinn (M) react after guard Courtney Lee (5) scores against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks take on the Celtics in Boston at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • Boston has won four straight and eight of its last nine games against New York dating back to February 3, 2015. In those games, the Celtics are scoring 14.3 fast break points per game while holding the Knicks to 6.6 per game.
  • The Knicks are shooting only 52.4 percent from the paint this season, the lowest mark in the Eastern Conference.
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Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)
Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks host the Boston Celtics on Sunday at Madison Square Garden at noon.

According to STATS:

  • The Celtics defeated the Knicks 115-87 in Boston on Nov. 11. Neither team shot the ball well in that contest (Bos, 38.9 FG% & NY, 35.1 FG%) but the Celtics hit five more 3s (11) than the Knicks (6). New York has lost three of its last four home games in this series. New York's 22 wins on Christmas Day are the most by any current NBA team.
  • The Knicks defeated the Magic 106-95 on Thursday, snapping their eight-game streak of giving up 100 or more points to their opponent.
  • Entering this weekend, Courtney Lee (47.6 3P%) was leading the NBA in three-point field-goal percentage this season (minimum 1 3PM/team G). Only two Knicks' players have ever led the NBA in three-point shooting in a season: Steve Novak (2011-12) and Campy Russell (1981-82).
  • This will be Carmelo Anthony's fifth career appearance in a Christmas Day game. He has scored 32 or more points in each of his previous four; his 34.3 (137/4) career scoring average on Christmas Day ranks second highest by any player since 1963-64 (Tracy McGrady, 43.3) (minimum 3 Christmas Day games).
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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis controls the ball against Orlando Magic power forward Serge Ibaka during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis controls the ball against Orlando Magic power forward Serge Ibaka during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

A three-word declaration from Kristaps Porzingis was all New York Knicks fans needed to hear.

"I'll be ready," Porzingis said to reporters Friday as the Knicks prepared to host the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon after a one-year absence from the NBA's Christmas Day schedule.

Before his statement, it was a scary moment for Porzingis on Thursday. Early in the fourth quarter of New York's 106-95 win over the Orlando Magic, Porzingis banged knees with Nikola Vucevic and did not return.

After the game, Porzingis described it as "a sharp pain" and also said it had "a little inflammation in the tendon and the bone." Following his declaration on Friday, Porzingis reiterated it a day later by saying he will be ready to play as the inflammation is gone.

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Kristaps Porzingis gives an update on his injury and discusses the Christmas Day matchup with the Boston Celtics at MSG.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis said he'll be ready to play in Sunday's Christmas matchup with the Celtics. 

Porzingis hurt his right knee during Thursday's game with the Magic when he collided with Nikola Vucevic early in the fourth quarter. He did not return to the game. 

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Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick shoots against Boston Celtics small forward Jae Crowder during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick shoots against Boston Celtics small forward Jae Crowder during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Despite Sean Kilpatrick's 23 points, the Brooklyn Nets couldn't stop Avery Bradley or Isaiah Thomas in a 111-92 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday at Barclays Center.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson coaches against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

When a defense slips significantly coaches frequently refer to it as "slippage".

Lately, the Brooklyn Nets have used the term frequently when discussing their many defensive ailments.

Practice time has been limited but the Nets will have had two days to see if drills carry over into a game setting Wednesday night when they host the Boston Celtics and attempt to end an ugly four-game losing streak.

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Nov 11, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas scored 23 of his 29 points in the first half, and the Boston Celtics snapped a three-game losing streak with a 115-87 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

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Oct 17, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson directs his team on the court during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson directs his team on the court during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

With expectations raised after the signing of free agent Al Horford, the Boston Celtics open the season with a home game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.That's the Nets -- the gift that just keeps on giving for the Celtics after the monster trade between the teams in 2013."Part of the reason I came here was because -- and I had a good situation in Atlanta like we've established before -- but when I looked at the guys who were here, I was like: 'It would be great to play with those guys,'" Horford said as he and his new team prepped for the opener. "We can build out from there."

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball as Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) controls the ball as Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Nets were sluggish in the first quarter and never recovered, as they fell to the Celtics on Monday night, 120-99, at TD Garden in Boston. The Nets were down 29-16 after one and could never recover. Jeremy Lin recorded 13 points and five assists in the loss. Sean Kilpatrick had a team-high 15 points (6-of-10 from the field) and also grabbed three rebounds.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet)
Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. (Nicole Sweet)

The Nets sat struggling rookie guard Isaiah Whitehead in Thursday's loss to the Celtics, although head coach Kenny Atkinson said the rest was pre-planned. The 6-foot-4 rookie shooting guard has just nine points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field in two preseason games. He also has four turnovers and has yet to hit a 3-pointer. Atkinson said after the loss that Whitehead will get back in the lineup at some point soon.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high fives forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Jennifer Stewart)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high fives forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Jennifer Stewart)

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With the release of the 2016-17 season NBA schedule, here's a look at what figure to be some very key matchups for the new-look Knicks. 

Oct. 25 -- visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Free-agent forward Kevin Durant will reportedly meet with several teams, including the Knicks.



Updates from June 27

4:36 pm: Durant said "We'll see," when asked about the Knicks at a Team USA event on Monday.

3:05 pm: Carmelo says he is not pressuring Durant but "We're friends, we hang out" according to Adam Zagoria.

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony follows through against the Boston Celtics during the first half at TD Garden. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony follows through against the Boston Celtics during the first half at TD Garden. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports Images)

Isaiah Thomas had 32 points and eight assists, Avery Bradley hit a go-ahead layup with 17.7 seconds left and the Boston Celtics extended their home winning streak to 13 games with a 105-104 win over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

Evan Turner had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, and Jae Crowder finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.

Boston trailed by eight points in the fourth quarter but used a series of mini-runs to eventually take the lead for good on the driving layup by Bradley.

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots between Miami Heat power forward Amar'e Stoudemire and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots between Miami Heat power forward Amar'e Stoudemire and Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Knicks face the Boston Celtics on the road Friday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS:

  • The Celtics have taken two of the three games played between these clubs so far in 2015-16, including a 100-91 victory in Boston on December 27.
  • The Knicks have dropped their last six road games versus Eastern Conference opponents, getting outscored by an average of 8.1 (106.3-98.2) points per game during this skid.
  • The Celtics went 23-for-24 (.958) from the free-throw line and committed just five turnovers against Portland on Wednesday. They became the first team to shoot 95+ percent from the line (minimum 20 FTA) while committing five or fewer turnovers in a game since the Heat (95.0 FT%, 5 TOs) did it versus Orlando, February 22, 2009.
  • Kristaps Porzingis (119) has set a franchise rookie record for the most blocked shots in a season. He has had six blocks in his three games against the Celtics.
  • Isaiah Thomas had 30 points in Wednesday's victory over the Trail Blazers. It was his seventh 30+ point performance in 2015-16; the last Celtic to have more in a season was Paul Pierce (12) in 2008-09.
  • Marcus Smart has 15 points and 11 rebounds (tied his career high) off the bench on Wednesday. He became just the second player listed at 6'4" or shorter to have 15+ points and 10+ boards off the bench in a game this season (Jrue Holiday, NO (6'4"; 29 & 11) vs LAC, January 10).
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NEW YORK -- On the same day that Andrew Smith passed away from cancer, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens fought back tears discussing the player he coached at Butler.

Stevens traveled to Indiana on Thursday to visit with Smith and missed the team's loss to the Chicago Bulls.

"I was happy that I got a chance to say goodbye," Stevens, who fought back tears while addressing a throng of reporters, said at Madison Square Garden before the Celtics met the Knicks. "And this is really about when you coach somebody, you get a lot more out of coaching them than they do from you. So, that's that. I could go on and on and it wouldn't do him justice. He was special, he was tough, he set a great example..."

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New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts with New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after hitting an off balance three point shot as the shot clock expired against the Milwaukee Bucks during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks defeated the Bucks 100-88. (Brad Penner)
New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) reacts with New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) after hitting an off balance three point shot as the shot clock expired against the Milwaukee Bucks during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks defeated the Bucks 100-88. (Brad Penner)

New York tries to win for the sixth time in eight games since losing to the Celtics when the teams meet at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

New York (19-20) appears to be feeling it now, and ending a four-game series skid against Boston (19-18) will draw them even for second place in the Atlantic. The Celtics have dropped five of six since beating the Knicks.

The Knicks have had one bad game in their last seven, losing 108-81 at Chicago on New Year's Day, and their other loss in that span may have done more to build their confidence than squash it. They nearly handed San Antonio its first home defeat Friday, but Jose Calderon's 3-pointer bounced off the rim at the buzzer in a 100-99 loss.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Boston Celtics, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis
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Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner drives against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)
Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner drives against Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic during the second quarter at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USATSI)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jae Crowder scored a career-high 25 points with a strong start and a clutch finish, and the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-94 on Monday night 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.

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.

Tags: Brook Lopez, Boston Celtics, Joe Johnson, Shane Larkin, Thaddeus Young
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez grabs a rebound during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez grabs a rebound during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)

After beating the Celtics on the road Saturday, the Nets host the Celtics at Barclays Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • These clubs will meet for the second in three days, after Brooklyn held on for a 100-97 victory at TD Garden on Saturday. The Nets currently lead the 2015-16 season series, two games to one.
  • The Celtics have allowed at least 100 points while dropping their last two games. For the season overall, Boston is just 1-13 (.071) when permitting triple digits, as opposed to 17-2 (.895) when limiting opponents to 99 points or fewer.
  • The Nets have won three of their past four games on the road after opening 1-12 away from home. However, after going 6-4 over their first 10 games in Brooklyn, the Nets have lost their last six home games and haven't won at Barclays Center since December 10.
  • With 24 points and six assists on Saturday, Isaiah Thomas paced the Celtics in both categories for the 16th time this season. Only Houston's James Harden (21) and Portland's Damian Lillard (20) have generated more such performances for their teams.
  • Coming of a month of December in which he averaged fewer than 10 points per game (9.6) for the first time since December 2002 (minimum 5 games), Joe Johnson opened January by scoring 20 points on Saturday.
  • Brook Lopez produced his first 30-point effort of the season on Saturday while collecting at least 10 rebounds for the fourth straight game. His double-double streak (four games) is tied for the second-longest active mark in the NBA, one behind DeAndre Jordan (5).
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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) tips the ball in the basket during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) tips the ball in the basket during the second half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)

It may have taken the Brooklyn Nets one blowout loss to figure it out, but they've spent the past two meetings with Boston taking advantage of a major size advantage.

After losing Jarrett Jack to a season-ending knee injury, the Nets will likely keep feeding Brook Lopez inside Monday night when they try to sweep this home-and-home set and take the series from the visiting Celtics for the third time in four seasons.

Lopez, Brooklyn's 7-foot center, wasn't much of a factor in the first matchup Nov. 20, finishing with 14 points while attempting just nine shots in a 120-95 loss at Boston. The Celtics (18-15) start 6-9 Jared Sullinger in the middle but outscored the Nets 68-40 in the paint during their best shooting performance (58.6) in two seasons.

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas defends during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas defends during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)

Nets guard Jarrett Jack is out for the season with a torn ACL, the team announced Sunday afternoon. 

He will have surgery Monday.

Jack left Saturday's game against the Celtics in the third quarter with right knee sprain (Jan. 2).

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez works the ball against Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson during the second half at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez works the ball against Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson during the second half at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USATSI)

BOSTON (AP) -- Brook Lopez scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 100-97 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

Joe Johnson added 20 points, Thaddeus Young 16 with 10 boards, and Bojan Bogdanovic 13 points for the Nets, who won for just the third time in 11 games.

Isaiah Thomas had 24 points, Jae Crowder 16 and Evan Turner 12 for Boston. The Celtics dropped their second straight after a season-high four-game winning streak.

Nets guard Jarrett Jack left the game after crumbling to the court and grabbing his right knee late in the third quarter. The team said it was a sprain. >> Read more...

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas defends during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas defends during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara/USATSI)

Nets guard Jarrett Jack left Saturday's game against the Celtics in the third quarter with right knee sprain (Jan. 2).

Driving down court on a fastbreak, Jack slipped on the court after he tried to control a bounce pass from Wayne Ellington and went down, grabbing his right leg. He was helped off the court and taken to the locker room.

In 22:48, Jack recorded nine assists and scored just two points on 0-for-5 shooting.

He has averaged 13.2 points, 7.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 31 games with Brooklyn this season.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez drives on Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol during the second half at the United Center. Brooklyn won 105-102. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USATSI)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez drives on Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol during the second half at the United Center. Brooklyn won 105-102. (Dennis Wierzbicki/USATSI)

The Nets face the Boston Celtics on the road on Saturday at 3 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • This is the front end of a home-and-home, as these teams will play in Brooklyn on Monday. They have split their first two meetings in 2015-16, with the home team winning both times.
  • Brooklyn is not getting to the free-throw line this season (19.5 FTA/G, 28th, NBA) but neither are the Nets' opponents (21.0 FTA/G, 4th fewest, NBA)
  • The Celtics have attempted at least 20 three-pointers in each of their 32 games this season. That is their longest streak to start a season since at least 1985-86.
  • Brook Lopez has had five double-doubles in his last six games, back-to-back 20/10 performances. Lopez was the last Nets' player to have three straight 20/10 games in a single season (December 26-29, 2012).
  • Isaiah Thomas is averaging 24.7 (148/6) points per game versus divisional opponents in 2015-16. He has had 18 and 27 points, respectively, in his two games against the Nets.
  • Jae Crowder is averaging 17.8 points (on 50.0 percent shooting) and 8.3 rebounds over his last six games. He is averaging 12.0 PPG (on 62.5% shooting) and 3.5 RPG against the Nets this season.
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Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)
Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the first half at TD Garden. (Bob DeChiara)

The Knicks suffered their fourth straight loss on Sunday night, falling to the Celtics. The nature of such a defeat is becoming all too familiar for New York, as team intensity continues to waver as the players perform lethargically. 

Though the team started last season going 5-36, this 14-18 squad doesn't look much different right about now. How does a squad with so many personnel changes look so similar? In this case, the coach is the culprit. On Saturday night against Atlanta, Coach Derek Fisher messed with the team's rhythm early on, even as they were finding success. On Sunday in Boston, he instead fell asleep at the wheel, failing to make the substitutions necessary to ensure the Knicks met the Celtics' level of intensity.

Despite being led by the ever pesky Isaiah Thomas on the offensive end, defensively is where Boston shined. Paced by the likes of Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson, the hometown team's physical brand of defense overwhelmed the Knicks. Spacing was limited as ample ball pressure was applied. Jose Calderon struggled on Thomas, but Langston Galloway quietly did a decent job, at least through three quarters. The Knicks could have overcome his late game heroics, if the rhythm Carmelo Anthony and Co. seemed to find in the third quarter (they outscored the Celtics 26-23) lasted all game long. Building a consistent effort seems to be a difficult thing to do right now. Here are more observations from the loss:

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Boston Celtics, Derrick Williams, Jose Calderon, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Keith Schlosser
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Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets are in Boston on Friday to take on the Celtics at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • This is the front end of a home-and-home series, as the teams will meet in Brooklyn on Sunday. The Celtics have won three of the last four games in this series.
  • The Nets are shooting 47.7 percent before halftime, but just 40.5 percent in the second half of their games so far this season. That is the second-biggest differential in the NBA (second-half FG% worse).
  • The Celtics are getting an impressive 11.8 steals per game in 2015-16, which leads the NBA. Although it is early in the season, that is on pace to be the most steals per game by any team since the 1997-98 Celtics averaged 12.0 per contest.
  • Thaddeus Young is averaging 19.6 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 58.9 (43/73) percent from the floor over his last five games.
  • Avery Bradley has made at least half of his shot attempts in each of his last six games against the Nets. Bradley is averaging 20.5 points per game on 54.4 (49/90) percent shooting, including 50.0 (16/32) percent from behind the arc, during this streak.
  • Brook Lopez has had at least one blocked shot in each of his last 18 games. That is the longest active streak in the NBA.
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The Nets are in Boston to take on the Celtics this afternoon.

The game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on The?YES Network and?WFAN radio.

Joe Johnson, Mason Plumlee, Kevin Garnett, Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev are expected to start for the Nets. Brook Lopez?will once again come off the bench with an expected increase in minutes played. Deron Williams is active and will also be coming off of the bench.

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The Nets (36-31) defeated the Celtics (23-47) on Friday by a score of 114-98.

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[sny-box]The Nets had one of their most efficient shooting nights of the season, shooting just under 60% from the field for most of the night, ultimately finishing at 56.4%.

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The Nets (30-30) lost to the Boston Celtics (21-41) by a score of 91-84.

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[sny-box]The Nets started ice cold offensively, missing all 17 of their three-point tries in the first half.?It was the most misses without a make in any NBA first half in 15 years.

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Tonight, the Nets are back on the road as they travel to face the division rival Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. Brooklyn is looking to win their fifth straight game, which would match their longest winning streak of the season.

There was a time, early in the 2013-14, when the Celtics led the Atlantic division, and the Nets were struggling to adjust. That time is long gone now, however.

Since January 1, the Nets are 20-8, with a .714 winning percentage that's the best in the Eastern Conference and third-best in the NBA. The Celtics have gone the other direction, at 7-23 in that span, with a .233 winning percentage, third-worst in the NBA.

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The Nets beat the Boston Celtics?to win for the 10th time in their last 11 games. It?certainly?wasn't a pretty game, as the two teams both shot under 40% from the field, but it also wasn't your typical January matchup.

For the first time in his career, Paul Pierce played against the only franchise he'd ever known since coming into the league in 1998. He and Kevin Garnett were teammates in Celtics green for six seasons, but they were visitors at the TD Garden on Sunday.

The atmosphere was electric all night long, with thunderous cheers and classy first-quarter video tributes for the two future Hall of Fame Celtic legends.

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