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Celtics seek more success against Nets

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Celtics hope their good fortunes in New York continue Tuesday night when they head to the Barclays Center to face a Brooklyn Nets team that might see some reinforcements.

The Nets could get a much-needed boost Tuesday night if both Deron Williams and Paul Pierce return. Williams has battled ankle injuries and was known to be close to returning, but Pierce was expected to miss at least two weeks. He hasn't quite been gone that long, but the Nets need them.

"I still have some pain in the hand, but it's something that's tolerable," said Pierce. "There's a good chance (I play Tuesday). Like I said, it felt good in practice. It didn't really get tested like I would like it to get tested where it was getting hit, but I thought I shot the ball really well, got up and down the court pretty good."

Pierce is officially a game-time decision.

The Nets ended a two-game losing streak Saturday night in Milwaukee with a 90-82 victory over the Bucks. It was their second straight road win, but the Nets have dropped six in a row at home and haven't won at the Barclays Center since Nov. 5 against the Utah Jazz.

Brook Lopez was dominant against the Bucks with 32 points on 11-for-13 shooting and 10-for-11 from the free-throw line.

"The big thing is Brook played a great game and let the ball come to him," said Brooklyn head coach Jason Kidd.

Joe Johnson added 15 for the Nets, followed by 13 from Alan Anderson and 11 off the bench for Andray Blatche. All nine Nets that played scored on Saturday.

The Celtics earned their third consecutive victory on Sunday afternoon with a 114-73 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The 73 points allowed were the lowest this season for the C's and the 114 points were the second-highest total.

"We played really well and they didn't play as well as they've been playing," explained Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "I've already learned in this league, you can be on the good end or the bad end of that and we were lucky today to be on the good end."

The Celtics shot 54 percent from the field, while they held the Knicks, who had won two straight prior to Sunday, to 34 percent shooting. Boston out- rebounded the Knicks 46-26 and jumped on the Knicks with a 34-11 first quarter.

Jordan Crawford led the Celtics with 23 points, followed by 21 from Jared Sullinger. Brandon Bass and Jeff Green both scored 16, while Avery Bradley finished with 13. Courtney Lee chipped in 10 points off the bench.

The Celtics play their next five at home.

The Nets won three of four from the Celtics last season, but Boston's lone victory in the series came in Brooklyn.

12/10 10:40:51 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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