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The ball never bounced Boston's way in Paul Pierce's return to action vs. the Nets last night. The Celtics lost their 17th straight with the captain scoring 9 points in 20 minutes. The ball never bounced Boston's way in Paul Pierce's return to action vs. the Nets last night. The Celtics lost their 17th straight with the captain scoring 9 points in 20 minutes. (BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF)
By Frank Dell'Apa
Globe Staff / February 10, 2007

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The Celtics missed Paul Pierce during his absence, and when Pierce returned last night, he missed plenty of shots in Boston's 92-78 loss to New Jersey. (Full article: 848 words)

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