Celtics get big boost in morale after finish preseason schedule with win over Nets 
Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk scores over Brooklyn Nets guard Sergey Karasev. AP

BOSTON — Rookie Marcus Smart scored 16 points and Jared Sullinger had 15 with 17 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics to a 100-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time) in the final preseason game for both teams.

Gerald Wallace had 12 points for Boston, which finished the preseason 5-3 with its second straight win over Brooklyn.

Mason Plumlee led the Nets with 15 points and 11 boards. Mirza Teletovic also scored 15 points.

Brooklyn, which didn't play any of its expected regulars, went 4-2 in the preseason.

The Celtics led 58-44 at halftime.

Boston trailed by five early in the second quarter before going on a 26-4 run over a 6 1/2 minute stretch to grab a 55-38 lead on James Young's floating jumper. Wallace had eight points in the spree and Smart seven.

The Celtics pushed their lead to 71-48 on Marcus Thornton's free throw three minutes into the third before the Nets scored 10 unanswered points. Playing with reserves for most of the game that was the only real run Brooklyn made in the second half.

Boston led 86-68 after three quarters and never had its advantage fall below 10 points.

The building was less than half full, with the upper bowl nearly empty.


Nets: Center Brook Lopez was out again, resting a mild sprained right foot. Forward Kevin Garrett make the trip after missing Sunday's game with a stomach virus and guard Deron Williams rested.

Celtics: Coach Brad Stevens said point guard Rajon Rondo is increasing his activity in practice, playing with padding to protect a bone he broke during the offseason. Stevens didn't update if he'd be ready to play in the season opener after saying earlier in the week that he may be ready.


The teams meet again in the regular-season opener at TD Garden next Wednesday.

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