NEW YORK — Jayson Tatum scored 39 factors, Jaylen Brown had 23 and the Boston Celtics took a 3-0 lead over the Brooklyn Nets with a 109-103 victory Saturday evening.
Once more making issues tough on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving with their suffocating protection, the Celtics put themselves in place to brush their approach into the second spherical with a victory Monday evening in Brooklyn.
A loud “Let’s Go Celtics! Let’s Go Celtics!” chant broke out within the remaining minutes from the numerous followers in inexperienced who had seats in Barclays Heart.
There wasn’t a lot for the house followers to cheer about because the Nets face a group that simply will not allow them to get something going.
Durant took solely 11 photographs, ending with 16 factors, eight rebounds and eight assists. Irving was 6 for 17 and in addition had 16 factors for the Nets, who should determine if they’ll give Ben Simmons his debut Monday in an elimination sport.
Boston led a lot of the approach earlier than the Nets minimize it to a few with simply over a minute remaining within the third quarter. However Marcus Good scored on a observe shot, made a jumper in transition earlier than Brown acquired a steal and dunk to make it 81-72 going to the fourth.
Brown saved the Nets at bay from there, repeatedly discovering a 1-on-1 matchup and driving to the basket. He arrange Tatum for a 3-pointer within the nook after the Nets had gotten again inside 4, then made a jumper earlier than Tatum transformed a three-point play that made it 96-84 with 6:25 to play.
The Celtics acquired middle Robert Williams again after lacking practically a month with torn cartilage in his left knee, making their protection even stronger.
Bruce Brown was the Nets participant who might actually remedy it, scoring a profession playoff-high 26 factors.
Durant was solely 13 for 41 (31.7%) within the two video games in Boston with 12 turnovers, and the Nets’ solely actual hope was if he might regain his type again residence.
He made a 3-ponter on his first shot try after going 0 for 10 within the second half in Sport 2, however he might by no means persistently discover room to shoot whereas committing 5 extra turnovers.
The Celtics restricted Durant to only two photographs and led 30-25 after one quarter, then acquired seven straight factors by reserve guard Payton Pritchard to open the second and push the result in 37-25. Boston was nonetheless forward by eight with beneath 1 1/2 minutes left within the half, however the Nets scored seven straight and it was 53-50 on the break.
Celtics: Good scored 14 factors. … Williams had two factors and two rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench in his first sport since March 27 after lacking remaining seven video games of the common season.
Nets: Patty Mills was honored earlier than the beginning for being voted the winner of the NBA’s Sportsmanship Award on Friday. … Blake Griffin performed for the primary time within the collection, scoring eight factors. … Director Spike Lee, a longtime Knicks fan, was on the sport sporting a Brooklyn Dodgers jersey and hat.
Coach Steve Nash stated Simmons scrimmaged 3-on-3 Saturday morning and had no setbacks. He stated it is potential Simmons performs in Sport 4 however cautioned that given his lengthy layoff, along with his herniated disk on the finish of it, that there was extra to think about than if Simmons felt good after his exercises.
“There’s plenty of larger image, larger context to how he is feeling, how in a position he could be to adapt to the surroundings,” Nash stated. “It is slightly totally different than taking part in a sport that is stashed away in the course of the common season, so I believe that there is a few elements at play right here to guage when he is able to play.”