The Brooklyn Nets came into Beantown and bullied the Boston Celtics with a 95-83 win in a game that was marred by a fight and three ejections on Wednesday night. Rajon Rondo went after the Nets Kris Humphries after a flagrant foul by Humphries sent Kevin Garnett flying out of bounds and landing awkwardly. Rondo, Humphries and Gerald Wallace were all ejected.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers was not amused, repeatedly calling his team “soft” and saying that the violence “does not make you tough”. Rivers said the foul was hard and a bit unnecessary but came about because the Nets feel they can push the Celtics around. Rondo is no stranger to being tossed from games. It is the third time in the last year he’s been sent to an early shower. The ejection stopped long streak of double digit assist games for Rondo. He was one away from passing John Stockton for the second longest such streak in NBA history.
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 18 points and Andray Blatche added 17. Garnett led the Celtics with 16 points and Paul Pierce added 14. The Nets got out to a 21 point lead in the game over the Celtics to win their ninth of eleven games. The Nets are now 10-4 while Boston is 8-7.
In other NBA action on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Clippers snapped their four game losing streak with a 101-95 win over a tough Minnesota Timberwolves team at Staples Center. Chauncey Billups made his return to the Clippers in the game a year after tearing up his ACL. The Clippers outscored the T-Wolves by five points in the 19 minutes Billups was on the floor. The win ran the Clippers record to 9-6 while the Wolves fell to 6-8.
The San Antonio Spurs dispatched the Orlando Magic like they were double parked. Manu Ginobli was red hot from the three-point arc in the Spurs 110-89 win which was over in a little over two hours. Ginobli led the Spurs with 20 points. The Spurs are now 13-3 while Orlando drops to 5-9.
the Atlanta Hawks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 94-91. Al Horford led the Hawks with 17 points in their sixth win in a row. The Hawks are now 9-4 while the Bobcats fell to 7-7.
In another interesting back story, James Harden made his return to his old stomping grounds in the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s 120-98 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. This was another game that was a bit chippy when the Thunder players got into it with Harden.
And speaking of coaches throwing his team under the bus, Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry had nothing nice to say about his Phoenix Suns when they lost by 40 to a bad Detroit Pistons team on Wednesday night, calling it “an absolutely horrendous game” and saying nothing his team did was even NCAA quality. The Pistons won the game 117-77 running their record to 5-11 while he Suns fell to 7-9.