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Nets edge Celtics as Pierce, KG return to Boston

Boston, MA ( - Andray Blatche scored 17 points off the bench to lead the Brooklyn Nets to an 85-79 win over the Boston Celtics in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett's inaugural return to Beantown.

Pierce spent 15 seasons as a Celtic and Garnett joined him for six of those years, as both were integral parts in helping Boston win its 17th NBA title in 2008. Both players were sent to Brooklyn as part of a draft night trade and a new era in Boston had begun.

With Brooklyn clinging to an 80-77 lead, Garnett stole a Rajon Rondo pass as the Boston point guard tried dropping it off to Brandon Bass with 20.9 seconds left and the shot clock winding down. Garnett raced down the floor for an uncontested layup that helped the Nets to their 10th win in the last 11 games.

Pierce and Garnett finished with six points apiece as the former shot 2-for-10 and didn't register a bucket until 9:09 left in the third quarter.

Alan Anderson and Andrei Kirilenko each added 11 points in the win.

Brandon Bass paced Boston with 17 points, while Rondo scored 13 points with eight points and eight assists. Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries contributed 12 points apiece in the setback.

01/26 21:31:55 ET