The Nets catch a break in the middle of the East bubble battle

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At halftime of Saturday night’s game here at Barclays Center between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, the home team’s season was on the line.

Clinging to a one-point halftime lead, and needing a win to avoid falling into a tie for the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot with five games to go, the Nets left their locker room well aware that this was a game they simply couldn’t let get away.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“We weren’t playing the best,” D’Angelo Russell said. “We were giving them a lot of what they were getting. We knew we had to buckle down and tighten up.

“We knew what we needed to do.”9

It was a sentiment Russell clearly took to heart, as he scored 20 of his 29 points in the third quarter to lead the Nets to a desperately needed 110-94 victory over the Celtics Saturday night — one that allowed Brooklyn to keep pace on a night when all four teams fighting for the final three playoff spots in the East came away with wins.

Atkinson said that before knowing the results of the other games around the East — including the sixth-place Detroit Pistons beating the Portland Trail Blazers, the eighth-place Miami Heat beating the New York Knicks and the ninth-place Orlando Magic beating the Indiana Pacers.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

As a result, the standings at the start of Saturday looked the same as they did at the end of it: Boston and Indiana in a tie for fourth place, followed by Detroit, Brooklyn, Miami and Orlando — with 1.5 games separating the teams in sixth through ninth.

The tightly bunched standings only underscore the importance of any win for each of the teams fighting to reach the playoffs. But it was especially important for the Nets to claim a victory as they fight through a brutally tough closing stretch to make the playoffs.