Home Court Advantage: Nets 114, Celtics 98


The Brooklyn Nets CENTER

Didn’t settle for bad shots and kept the home train rolling. Can’t ask for much more.

Deron Williams POINT GUARD

Did a great job early spreading the ball around, dropping four dimes in the first quarter and keeping the offense flowing. The stats won’t show it, but I thought Williams had a very good night on both sides of the ball — they didn’t need him to dominate

Shaun Livingston POINT GUARD

Prior to the game, Nets general manager Billy King said that re-signing Livingston was “priority number one.” Livingston’s rarely been a first priority for any GM, but the way he’s played has made him a key cog in their system, and tonight was no exceptional other than Avery Bradley’s incredibly hot hand, Livingston played the type of all-around game the Nets have come to expect from him. Got into the lane, made smart plays within their offense, and does a little bit of everything on both ends.

Joe Johnson SHOOTING GUARD

Player of the game. Started slow and got hot as the game progressed, starting slow and then putting up a 16-point third quarter with each shot more impressive than the last. Put this game away with a barrage of three-pointers and isolations alike, and took advantage of key mismatches to get shots in the post.

Paul Pierce POWER FORWARD

Hit some key buckets in the second and third quarter and stood his ground on the interior. But the new “Brooklyn Blue Nights” jersey doesn’t do him any favors. He’s already got an old-man game, a shoulder pad, and leggings on. He’s basically a bad pair of rec-specs away from looking like the 60-year-old guy in your town league.

Andray Blatche POWER FORWARD

Andrei Kirilenko SMALL FORWARD

Toed the line between properly spastic and just plain sloppy tonight, but got better as the game went on.

Mirza Teletovic POWER FORWARD

Aggressive going into the paint early, getting a nice dunk and a tough post-up in the first half, and then attacking the rim again in garbage time. Didn’t settle, which was good to see.

Mason Plumlee CENTER

Had an excellent all-around game, putting up 14-3-3 and making all five of his shots in the first half. He ended up dunking on damn near everyone. I know it’s a common refrain this season, but his development has surprised everyone, and tonight was no different.

Jorge Gutierrez POINT GUARD

Earning his contract.