The Boston Celtics' struggles continue.
The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Celtics 109-102 in a game that was a tale of two quarters.
The Nets had a one-point lead following a fairly uneventful first half but the second half certainly made up for that.
Brooklyn outscored Boston 44-21 in the third quarter behind an 18-point quarter from D'Angelo Russell. Russell was on fire, burying four consecutive 3-pointers over the course of a 20-2 run by the Nets. Their 44 points in the quarter tied a franchise record, giving them a confident 24-point lead going into the game's final frame.
That 4️⃣4️⃣-point 3rd quarter is tied for a franchise 3rd quarter record.#WeGoHard- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 15, 2019
Both teams had all but called it quits before the Celtics made their late push. A 25-12 run to start the quarter brought them within striking distance down 11 with just under four minutes to go in the game. The Nets had brought their starters back in while Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens elected to stay with the Brad Wanamaker-Jaylen Brown-Jayson Tatum-Guerschon
Yabusele-Daniel Theis lineup that was locking down defensively and slowly chipping into Brooklyn's lead.
All of a sudden Boston was playing suffocating defence, holding the Nets to zero made field goals in the final 8:55 of the game - a polar-opposite compared to the third quarter. Tatum had 15 points in the fourth quarter with Brown contributing 10 points to run but the Celtics ran out of time, losing their third consecutive game.
Russell finished with 34 points, seven assists and five rebounds just slightly outperforming Tatum's career-high 34 points to go with five rebounds and three assists.
The Celtics have now dropped three consecutive games and are 1-6 in their last seven games on the road. They'll host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday with Kyrie Irving (quad/rest) and Marcus Smart (illness) both expected to be back in the lineup after missing tonight's contest.
As for the Nets, they have now won five straight on their home floor at the Barclays Center and find themselves holding down the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference past the halfway point of the season.