Shorthanded Celtics Fall To Brooklyn, 110-96
D’Angelo Russell scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 110-96 victory over the Boston Celtics, who played Saturday night's game without starters Kyrie Irving and Al Horford.
Irving and Horford were given the night off to rest, as the Celtics were playing on the second night of back-to-back games.
Boston led early and trailed by only one at halftime before Russell heated up. He scored 20 of his 29 points in another impressive third quarter against the Celtics.
Russell, who added 10 assists on Saturday night, previously had 18-point and 14-point third quarter performances against the Celtics this season.
Caris LeVert added 15 points for the Nets, while Joe Harris and DeMarre Carroll had 13 apiece.
Gordon Hayward led the Celtics with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
Daniel Theis had 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Marcus Morris scored 16 as well.
Boston drops to 45-32, which is also the Indiana Pacers' record after they fell to the Orlando Magic, 121-116, on Saturday. The Celtics own the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Pacers.
Brooklyn improves to 39-38 and sits in the No. 7 spot in the East.