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Celtics close preseason with 101-97 win over Nets

  • Boston Celtics' Vitor Faverani (38) blocks the shot by Brooklyn Nets' Reggie Evans (30) in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Vitor Faverani (38) blocks the shot by Brooklyn Nets' Reggie Evans (30) in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green, left, drives for the basket past Brooklyn Nets' Chris Johnson (24) in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Jeff Green, left, drives for the basket past Brooklyn Nets' Chris Johnson (24) in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) and Brooklyn Nets' Jason Terry (31) battle for a loose ball in the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) and Brooklyn Nets' Jason Terry (31) battle for a loose ball in the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, center, watches as the referee calls a penalty on the Celtics in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, center, watches as the referee calls a penalty on the Celtics in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Vitor Faverani (38) drives past Brooklyn Nets' Mason Plumlee (1) in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Vitor Faverani (38) drives past Brooklyn Nets' Mason Plumlee (1) in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • The Boston Celtics dancers perform in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    The Boston Celtics dancers perform in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Brooklyn Nets' Mirza Teletovic (33) drives past Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Brooklyn Nets' Mirza Teletovic (33) drives past Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo, center, watches from the bench in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo, center, watches from the bench in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Brooklyn Nets' Tyshawn Taylor (10) plays against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Brooklyn Nets' Tyshawn Taylor (10) plays against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) plays against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) plays against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Celtics' Vitor Faverani (38) blocks the shot by Brooklyn Nets' Reggie Evans (30) in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Jeff Green, left, drives for the basket past Brooklyn Nets' Chris Johnson (24) in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Phil Pressey (26) and Brooklyn Nets' Jason Terry (31) battle for a loose ball in the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, center, watches as the referee calls a penalty on the Celtics in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Vitor Faverani (38) drives past Brooklyn Nets' Mason Plumlee (1) in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • The Boston Celtics dancers perform in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Brooklyn Nets' Mirza Teletovic (33) drives past Boston Celtics' Brandon Bass (30) in the fourth quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The Celtics won 101-97. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo, center, watches from the bench in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Brooklyn Nets' Tyshawn Taylor (10) plays against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
  • Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) plays against the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Ready for real games

Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass scored 16 points apiece and Vitor Faverani added 15 points and seven rebounds as the Boston Celtics closed out the preseason with a 101-97 victory over the short-handed Brooklyn Nets last night.

Among the resting veterans missing from the Nets lineup were former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, traded by Boston to Brooklyn in a blockbuster draft-night deal.

The Celtics (2-6) finished their first preseason under new Coach Brad Stevens, who turned 37 on Tuesday and will make his regular season debut Wednesday at Toronto.

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