Boston breaks it open in the third quarter

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Rookie Ryan Gomes scored 15 points
Saturday as the Boston Celtics beat the New Jersey Nets 90-69 at
Mohegan Sun Arena.

Gomes, a Waterbury, Conn. native and former Providence star, was
making his first visit to his home state as a professional.

Paul Pierce added 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Mark Blount
had 14 points for the Celtics.

Jeff McInnis and Marc Jackson each scored 10 points for New

Nets point guard Jason Kidd was given the night off by coach
Lawrence Frank. The Nets were playing their second game in two
nights and Frank said he wanted to rest Kidd, who played in the
first five preseason games.

Gomes and Ricky Davis each scored five points in the second
quarter to help the Celtics to a 36-26 halftime lead.

After Linton Johnson tipped in a shot to give the Nets an 18-16
lead with 10:43 left in the half, the Celtics used a 16-0 run to
take a 32-18 lead with 3:56 remaining.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter. The Nets
shot 29 percent (7-of-24) and the Celtics made 30 percent

Boston scored 24 points off 20 New Jersey turnovers.