Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/18

Game 1: Wednesday, October 18th
Nets90Final
Celtics94
Game 2: Tuesday, October 24th
Celtics107Final
Nets109

Nets 90

(0-4, 0-4 away)

Celtics 94

(2-3, 1-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, October 18, 2006

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 27 27 23 1390
    BOS 14 22 25 3394

    Boston 94, New Jersey 90

    BOSTON (AP) -- Ryan Gomes scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, and Leon Powe added 11 points and 15 rebounds to rally the Boston Celtics over the New Jersey Nets 94-90 in a preseason game Wednesday night.

    The Celtics trailed 77-61 after three quarters and by as many as 23, but outscored the Nets 33-13 in the fourth quarter to improve to 2-3 in the preseason.

    Vince Carter scored 23 points and Nenad Krstic added 21 for New Jersey (0-4). Both sat out the fourth quarter.

    After the Nets went up 85-77 on Jay Williams' jumper midway through the fourth, Boston scored eight straight points and tied it at 85 on Gomes' layup with 4:20 remaining.

    Mikki Moore's free throw gave the Nets an 86-85 lead the next time down the floor, but the Celtics took their first lead since the opening minute when a layup by Gomes made it 87-86 with 3:35 remaining.

    Gomes then scored on a dunk and a free throw to extend Boston's lead, and Sebastian Telfair made a 19-foot jumper with 7 seconds left to ice it.

    Williams, trying to make the Nets after a motorcycle accident nearly ended his career three years ago, scored eight fourth-quarter points. But Tony Allen and Gomes combined for 22 points in the period for Boston.

    Paul Pierce scored 18 points in three quarters, Allen had 11 and Rajon Rondo added 10 points and six assists for the Celtics.

    Celtics coach Doc Rivers gave Wally Szczerbiak the game off, and Nets coach Lawrence Frank rested Richard Jefferson.

    Carter, who scored 10 points on 5-of-15 shooting Sunday after missing New Jersey's first two preseason games with sore ribs, shot 6-of-16. He had nine points in the first quarter to help the Nets jump out to a 27-14 lead.

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