The Skinny: Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries exploited their height advantage over the Celtics in the early minutes, but Lopez committed two fouls in 3:30 to send him to the bench. Kevin Garnett took over from there, scoring six early points, but he also took a seat in the opening minutes. The Nets went on an 8-0 run to establish a three-point lead and led by eight after the first quarter.
The Nets? bench, led by Andray Blatche and Jerry Stackhouse, came out with great energy in the second quarter. Brooklyn jumped out to a 21-point lead with a great offensive effort, but it was the defense that was most impressive in the first half, forcing Boston into 13 first half turnovers. The Celtics made a comeback, but the Nets still led by 13 at the break.