The Boston Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 95-90, in the NBA's first 44-minute game. In what was an experimental match for the league, the Celtics impressed. After trailing 51-40 at halftime, they stormed back with a 33-14 third quarter performance. Brooklyn battled back in the fourth, as both teams went blow for blow down the stretch, but Boston was able to hold on.
Jared Sullinger was the star of the game, dominating with 21 points and 19 rebounds, draining 3-of-5 three-pointers. Brandon Bass excelled off the bench, filling up the box score with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. He also hit a clutch corner three-pointer, much to the delight of his teammates, who rooted him on as he ran back up the court.
Gerald Wallace returned to action, but played only five minutes. However, rookie wing James Young continued to be sidelined with a hamstring injury.
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