Nets comeback falls short in 114-105 loss to Celtics
The Nets could not surmount what would have been an improbable comeback Monday night in Boston.
Trailing by 27 with 9:53 left in the 3rd quarter, Brooklyn was able to cut the defect to just 6 with four minutes remaining, but that was as close at they would get.
Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas would combine for the next 11 points to bury the Nets and pull the Celtics closer to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Isaiah Thomas (27), Al Horford (19), and Avery Bradley (18) accounted for 64 of the Celtics' 114 points.
Jeremy Lin poured in 27 points and Brook Lopez scored 26 points to lead the Nets. The Celtics shot 45.1% from the field to Brooklyn's 35%.
Brook Lopez scored a turnaround jumper over Al Horford with four minutes remaining that made him the Nets all-time leading scorer. Buck Williams, who played with the Nets from 1981-1989, held that honor for over 27 years. Lopez has accumulated 10,444 points in eight seasons with the Nets.
This is the shot that gave Lopez the record:
The Nets visit the Bulls to play their season finale in Chicago on Wednesday night. Brooklyn will attempt to finish their season on a high note while Chicago fights for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Brook Lopez, Jeremy Lin, Trevor Booker, Quincy Acy, Joe Harris, and Sean Kilpatrick will all be inactive.