Playing without their star point guard, the Boston Celtics were unable to overtake the Brooklyn Nets on the road.
After a back-and-forth battle, the Celtics dropped the game 102-97.
Offensively, Rajon Rondo wasn't really missed until the fourth quarter, when the Celtics were unable to score on multiple consecutive possessions.
Paul Pierce had an opportunity to bring Boston back to within one with 30 seconds to go, but uncharacteristically missed two free-throws. He followed it up by drilling a three and hitting his next two from the line, but the Celtics never retook the lead.
Next it was Jason Terry's turn to miss two freebies, and after that the night was all but over.
Boston's starting point guard missed Thursday's game after injuring his ankle the night before against the Utah Jazz. This game was going to be a real test for the Celtics, as they rely so heavily on Rondo to do so much on the floor.
The offense was up to the task through three quarters, but faltered in an 1...