Celtics 108, Nets 98
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Kevin Gamble led seven Celtics in double figures with 19 points Friday night in Boston’s 108-98 exhibition victory over the New Jersey Nets, who played without Derrick Coleman.
Boston (3-2) used a 15-4 spurt in the second quarter to stretch a 29-28 lead to 44-32 with 4:25 to play. The Nets managed only 15 points in the second quarter.
The Celtics held a 53-41 lead at halftime, and led by as many as 20 in the second half.
New Jersey (1-2) never got closer than the final margin.
Jimmy Oliver had 14 points off the bench for the Celtics, all in the second half. Dee Brown had 13 and rookie Acie Earl added 12. Robert Parish and Xavier McDaniel each had 10.
Sherman Douglass, who was All-America at Syracuse University, had 11 points and nine assists for Boston.
Kevin Edwards, who had scored a total of 12 points in New Jersey’s first two games, had 18 to lead the Nets.
Coleman, who also was a college star at Syracuse, missed the game after undergoing an emergency root canal on Wednesday. He did not make the trip to Syracuse.