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Monday, March 1, 2010

Woeful Nets hand Celtics surprise loss

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics haven't found a way to fix their defensive woes.

Center Brook Lopez scored 25 points and guards Devin Harris and Courtney Lee added 23 and 21 points and the New Jersey Nets topped the Celtics 104-96 Saturday.

The Nets, who entered the game 5-52 and 2-27 on the road, took a 29-27 lead on Keyon Dooling's jumper at the end of the first quarter and never trailed again.

"Any win for us is big. There's no question," Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe said. "But to get a win on the road, and this is one of the toughest places to play in the NBA just shows that — it should demonstrate to our guys that if they play with effort, they can compete against anybody."

Kevin Garnett had 26 points and Marquis Daniels had 16 for the Celtics, playing their third straight game without Paul Pierce.

New Jersey took 41 free throws to the Celtics' 11.

"It shows that we were aggressive," Lopez said. "A lot of the season we've been settling for jump shots at very inopportune times. Tonight we were very assertive in trying to get to the basket and get the best possible shot we could."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers blamed his team for the free throw disparity, saying "it was on us."

Rivers said one of the things he told his team a day after a 108-88 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers was "It ain't the system. It's our heads. It's between our ears. And we've got to come out and play."

Garnett said he was "disgusted" at the loss and said it came down to defense. "In this league you have to get stops, it's that simple."

Jazz 133, Rockets 110

In Salt Lake City, Deron Williams scored 20 of his 35 points in the first quarter to help Utah set a season high for points.

Pacers 100, Bulls 90

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger had 30 points and eight rebounds, and Dahntay Jones and Troy Murphy each had 17 points for the Pacers.

Trail Blazers 110, T-Wolves 91

In Minneapolis, Nicolas Batum scored a career-high 31 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21.

Bucks 94, Heat 71

In Miami, John Salmons scored 18 points and the Bucks took advantage of injured Dwyane Wade's absence.

Grizzlies 120, Knicks 109

In New York, Memphis' Zach Randolph had 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds.

Warriors 95, Pistons 88

In Oakland, Stephen Curry scored 27 points as the Warriors rallied past Detroit.

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