Saturday , Mar , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Jefferson, Celtics down Nets in OT

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Al Jefferson poured in a season-high 32
points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 96-88 overtime victory over the New
Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena.

Paul Pierce added 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Celtics,
who have won three straight. Delonte West contributed 15 points and six
assists in the victory.

Vince Carter netted 25 points and 10 boards for New Jersey, which was aiming
for its fourth straight victory. Eddie House came off the bench to score 14
points in the loss.

With the score knotted at 88-88 in the extra session, Pierce hit a fade-away
jumper with 1:09 to play to put the Celtics in front. Boston then stopped the
Nets at the other end and Pierce rose to the occasion once again, drilling a
15-foot jumper to give the Celtics a four-point edge with 41.2 ticks to go.

Carter then missed a jump shot in the lane for the Nets and Boston sealed the
victory by hitting its free throws down the stretch.

After three quarters of play, New Jersey held a three-point advantage. The
Nets then opened the final frame on a 7-2 surge to take a 60-52 lead.

New Jersey increased its lead to 10 points at 65-55 after Marcus Williams
converted a three-point play with about 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the
contest.

The Nets continued to lead by double digits until a three-pointer by House
extended their lead to 11 at 76-65 with just under four minutes to play.

The Celtics fought back and pulled to within five points at 80-75 after
Jefferson and West hit back-to-back jumpers with 45 ticks remaining.

West then grabbed a defensive rebound at the other end and drove all the way
into the lane, scooping in two points over Jason Kidd to make it a three-point
game with 19.2 seconds left.

Carter then hit two from the charity stripe but Pierce answered with a trey to
make it 82-80 with 11 seconds left. Boston then put House on the line and he
made only 1-of-2 from the line.

West then sent the game into overtime, drilling a three-pointer off the right
wing to even the score at 83-83.

After the opening quarter, the Nets led 20-15 behind eight points from Carter
and six from Mikki Moore.

New Jersey outscored the Celtics by two points in the second stanza to take a
36-33 advantage into halftime.

Game Notes

The Celtics won for just the second time in their last six trips to the
Meadowlands…The season series between the teams wrapped up with each squad
winning two games…Ryan Gomes had 11 points and seven rebounds for the
Celtics…Kidd ended with just four points, six assists and six rebounds.

BOS NJN