Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/22

Game 1: Saturday, October 22nd
Game 2: Tuesday, October 25th

Nets 69

(3-3, 1-2 away)

Celtics 90

(2-4, 2-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, October 22, 2005

    Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 16 10 17 2669
    BOS 15 21 35 1990

    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 Jersey.

    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 (6-of-20).

    Boston scored 24 points off 20 New Jersey turnovers.

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