Celtics Beat Nets 105-94 in Playoff Tune-Up

Boston prepares for first-round matchup with Atlanta
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 10:21 PM CDT
Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, right, and Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, laugh while watching the scoreboard screen during a time out in the second half.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – Second-stringer Leon Powe scored a career-high 27 points, adding 11 rebounds for his sixth career double-double, and the Boston bench helped beat the New Jersey Nets 105-94 Wednesday night while the Celtics starters took it easy in their final tune-up before the playoffs. Tony Allen scored 18 for Boston, which finished 66-16 for the best record in the NBA.

The Celtics will play Atlanta, the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, in the first round of the postseason. Richard Jefferson scored 24 points, and Nenad Krstic scored 13 with a season-high 12 rebounds. The Nets ended up 34-48, missing the playoffs for first time since 2001. Kevin Garnett scored eight points in 14 minutes and Paul Pierce scored seven in 17.