Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson scored 18 points and Jerry Stackhouse added a spark off the bench with a season-high 17 points, as streaking Brooklyn downed Boston, 95-83, in a contentious affair at TD Garden.
The biggest story other than the Nets' impressive win over an Eastern Conference bellwether was a first-half brawl that resulted in the ejection of three players, Boston's Rajon Rondo and Brooklyn's Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace.
With both Brooklyn starting forwards ejected late in the second quarter, it opened more minutes for Stackhouse, Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans. Blatche posted 17 points with 13 rebounds and Evans responded with five points and 10 boards for the Nets, who have won four straight.
Boston never got in sync, with or without Rondo, who saw his double-digit assist streak halted at 37 straight games, tying him with former Utah Jazz guard John Stockton for second on the all-time list. He finished with six points and three assists, while Brandon Bass and Kevin Garnett each scored 16 points for the Celtics, who saw their brief 2-game winning streak come to an end.
Garnett was also involved in the brawl, as Humphries was whistled for a hard foul against the Celtics forward on the baseline, including an extra push that infuriated both Garnett and Rondo, who charged at Humphries and started a brawl that included pushing, shoving and perhaps a swing or two. Garnett was whistled for a technical along with the three ejections.