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Undermanned Celtics fall to Nets, 110-96

A Celtics team without Kyrie Irving (back) and Al Horford (knee) held on for as long as they could in a Saturday night meeting with the Nets.

But once the undermanned Green officially lost their lead in the second quarter, there seemed to be no turning back, as D'Angelo Russell and Co. turned up the heat in a third-quarter runaway that paved the way for a 110-96 final at the Barclays Center.

In fact, it was in that third quarter that Russell became simply unstoppable, with 20 of his 29 points scored in the third frame behind an 8-for-12 shooting effort, and with makes on four of his seven tries from deep.

For Boston, Jayson Tatum battled through an illness that originally left him with a questionable tag, and finished with nine points and three assists in 30 minutes of action. Tatum's nine points were actually tied for the second-most among C's starters, with Marcus Morris leading the way on that front, with 16 points in all.

Given that obviously mild output from the Celtics' starting five, it's no surprise that the majority of the Green's production came off their bench.

Gordon Hayward paced the Celtic bench with 19 points, while Daniel Theis finished with 18.

The Celtics are back in action on Monday night when the Miami Heat come to town.