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                  === Williams shines as Nets drop Celtics ===
 Brooklyn,  NY  (Sports Network)  - Deron  Williams posted  24 points and eight
 assists as the Brooklyn Nets took a 102-97 win over the Boston Celtics.
 Brook Lopez also had 24 points and grabbed six rebounds while Joe Johnson gave
 19 points in the win for the Nets, who have won four straight.
 "This  is such a  great place to play in, the crowd really gets into it," said
 Lopez.  "We  just stuck together  and played  our game. As  long as we do that
 every night, we'll do fine."
 Paul  Pierce gave  22 points and seven rebounds while Leandro Barbosa added 17
 points for the Celtics, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
 Boston  faced a 12-point deficit in the third, but scored 12 unanswered points
 to  tie the game on a Barbosa layup. After Williams made a bucket, the Celtics
 scored  the next eight  points and eventually took a 79-74 lead into the final
 The  game stayed close  in the fourth until the Nets scored six straight for a
 93-87 lead when Lopez put in a bucket with 1:45 to go.
 Kevin  Garnett  then hit  a  short  shot and,  after  Johnson  was called  for
 traveling,  Jeff  Green buried  a 3-pointer  to make it  a one-point game with
 under a minute to play.
 Brooklyn  answered with  four straight free throws before Pierce buried a long
 3-pointer to make it a 97-95 game with 24 seconds to play.
 After  Williams  and Pierce exchanged a  pair of free throws, Williams hit two
 more before Jason Terry missed both of his at the Boston end with 11.6 seconds
 to play to end any hopes of Boston coming back.
 Brooklyn  never trailed  in  the first  half  and two  free  throws from  Kris
 Humphries  followed by a 3-pointer from Keith Bogans gave the team a 16-6 lead
 with 7 1/2 minutes left in the first.
 Boston  kept it  close and cut the  lead to five points, 31-26, heading to the
 second quarter.
 A  Garnett jumper tied  the game at 38-all with just over six minutes to play,
 but  the Nets  answered with a 7-0 run  to take the lead back and Johnson's 3-
 ball  late  in the half  allowed the  team to take  a 59-50 advantage into the
 "I  was disappointed with our effort in the first half," said Boston coach Doc
                                   Game Notes
 Boston  hosts  Toronto on Saturday ...  Brooklyn heads to California for three
 games  starting  on Sunday  in Sacramento  ... Boston  took all three meetings
 against  the Nets last  season ... Garnett had 14 points and seven rebounds in
 the game.
 11/16 03:02:39 ET