Saturday , Nov , 08 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics Team Report – November 8

=== Boston Celtics Team Report – November 8 ===

(Sports Network) – The Boston Celtics suffered their third straight loss
Friday, falling to the New Jersey Nets, 94-87, at the FleetCenter.

Paul Pierce paced the Celtics with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Kedrick Brown
netted 18 points and Mark Blount chipped in 12 points and eight boards for
Boston.

The teams went back-and-forth over the first 8 1/2 minutes of the fourth
quarter. Pierce’s basket with 3:30 remaining tied the contest at 84-84.

New Jersey then scored the next six points, including four by Kerry Kittles,
to take a 90-84 advantage with 1:45 left.

After the teams traded baskets, Marcus Banks hit 1-of-2 free throws for the
Celtics to make it 92-87 with 1:01 on the clock. Boston then forced a missed
shot by the Nets and Pierce grabbed the rebound. However, he was stripped of
the ball by Jason Kidd, who was later fouled with 29.2 seconds remaining.

Kidd proceeded to make both attempts from the stripe to seal it for New
Jersey.

The Celtics are off until Sunday when they host the Sacramento Kings.

BOS