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CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Healthy Paul Pierce starts strong for Celtics

Scores 29 in loss to Brooklyn

Last season, Paul Pierce limped through training camp with a strained foot. This time, Pierce has avoided aches, pains, and setbacks in getting off to a strong start to the exhibition season.

Pierce scored 29 points — 20 in the opening half – but the Celtics faltered in the final minutes of a 97-96 loss to the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday night at the Garden.

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