Boston Celtics

The Warriors left town late Saturday night, which meant that the Celtics were free to return to their Garden-dominant ways on Monday, handling the Nets by a 112-104 final.

The tone was set early in what was the Green’s 11th win in their last 12 home contests, as a three-point barrage in the first half (10-for-25 from deep in the opening 24 minutes) allowed the Celtics to jump out to an edge that left them able to weather a Brooklyn comeback attempt.

Connections from deep came from unlikely sources, too, as Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes shot a combined 6-of-15 from three-point range), earning some postgame, Golden State-esque praise from Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

“Those are our Splash Brothers,” Stevens joked after the victory. “Baynes probably puts up as many attempts in practice as anybody on our team, so it’s good to see those go down. Marcus has been shooting great all year. Every time Marcus lets it go you feel good about it.”

The victory even came with a record of sorts, too, as the Celtics tied a franchise record with 16 blocked shots. Horford led the way in that regard, with a team-high six blocked shots, while four other Celts recorded multiple blocks.

“We knew coming in that [the Nets] attack the paint and our guys did a good job of waiting until the last second to impact the ball,” Horford, who picked up 14 points and 11 rebounds as well, said. “We had some success with that.”

Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, missed the head-to-head with a sore hip.

Stevens seemed to hint at Irving missing more than just Monday’s game, too, as they have decided to prioritize his long-term health over the January grind of an NBA regular season.

“I don’t think it will be anything long-term,” Stevens offered. “But it certainly will be day-to-day this week.

“So, we’ll see after tonight how he feels tomorrow.”

The Celtics will continue their homestand Wednesday night against the Charlotte Hornets.