Deron Williams' 24 points, including six free throws at the end of the game, sealed the deal for the Brooklyn Nets as they defeated the Boston Celtics 102-97 at the Barclays Center, Thursday night. The Celtics were without their passing guru Rajon Rondo who was sidelined with an ankle injury.
The Nets again had an offensive outburst in the first half dropping 59 points on the defending Atlantic Division champions. However, they kept with the theme of giving up big first half leads. After Williams hit a three-pointer to put the Nets up 62-50, the Celtics stormed back to take the lead heading into the fourth quarter.
After relinquishing the lead the Nets fought back to take the lead after back-to-back jumpers by Johnson. Down the stretch it was Williams who sank six straight free throws to seal the deal. The Nets will face the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
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