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The Celtics made a comeback and then survived a very late fourth quarter scare to beat the Nets 106-104 Wednesday night. Rajon Rondo led the charge for the Celtics who once again played without the services of Kevin Garnett.
Rondo finished the night with 31 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals. He was great on both ends of the floor and controlled things during the C’s comeback, and later during their survival in the fourth quarter. Ray Allen and Kendrick Perkins both added 12 points and Paul Pierce had 10. Eddie House continued his impressive play off the bench with 15 points.
Vince Carter was the leading scorer for the Nets with 33 points and 12 rebounds. Devin Harris had 16 points, Keyon Dooling had 14, Brooke Lopez had 12, and Ryan Anderson added 10 points as all the New Jersey starters finished in double figures.
New jersey needed to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, but could not get it done. They were actually eliminated from contention earlier in the evening when Detroit beat New York.
Kevin Garnett did not play, but is expected to travel with the Celtics for their upcoming game against Cleveland next Monday and could play. Brian Scalabrine was active for the game but did not play as well.
Next up for the Celtics is a visit from Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Friday.