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