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Brown leads Celtics to 149-115 rout of Nets

Jaylen Brown stayed hot with 21 points on five 3-pointers, and the Boston Celtics rolled past the Brooklyn Nets 149-115 on Wednesday night without All-Star point guard Kemba Walker.

Jayson Tatum added 19 points, and Gordon Hayward and Robert Williams each had 18 for the Celtics, who posted a season high in points and improved to 2-2 at Disney World.

Boston shot 20 of 39 from 3-point range.

Boston Celtics guard Javonte Green (43) gets a dunk against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)

The Celtics bolted to a fast start, scoring 71 points in the first half on 8-of-17 shooting from 3-point range. They led by as many as 21 before the break while Walker rested his sore knee.

Brown came into the game averaging 23.3 points over the last three games and finished 7 of 13 from the field.

Jeremiah Martin scored 20 points and Joe Harris had 14 for the Nets.

Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) shoots against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)

Caris LeVert was held to 13 points, after scoring a career-high 51 in an overtime victory over the Celtics in March just before the suspension of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the Nets, a day after knocking off NBA-leading Milwaukee, were never competitive in this one.

The third-place Celtics (45-23) are four games behind second-seeded Toronto and 1 1/2 games ahead of Miami. The Nets will have to wait for another day to clinch a playoff spot.

Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) gets a dunk against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP PhotoAshley Landis)

TIP-INS

Nets: Shot 8 of 32 from 3-point range.

Celtics: Williams was 7 of 7 from the field and 4 of 4 from the foul line in the highest-scoring game of his career. ... All 14 Celtics that played scored.

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