Playoff Review: Boston Celtics Beat Brooklyn Nets In Thrilling Fashion

Playoff Review: Boston Celtics Beat Brooklyn Nets In Thrilling Fashion

The second day of the Playoffs featured some spectacular basketball plays. But the highlight of the day was the matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets in the Boston TD Garden. With a lot of history and rivalry connected to their bout, both teams were looking to take a 1-0 lead in the Playoff series.

The Boston Celtics went with their starting lineup of Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis and Al Horford. The Brooklyn Nets started with Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry, Bruce Brown Jr, Kevin Durant and Andre Drummond.

Game Summary

The arena was filled with anticipation as the opening tip started. The Celtics and Nets both had a lineup worthy of getting a championship. They went head to head against each other knowing that even a little bit of hesitation could cost them the match.

The Celtics kept their defense up at all times, restricting Durant and Kyrie by making them work for their shots on the offensive end. It cannot be said that the Celtics have it easy as the Nets were guarding Tatum and Brown closely. As both teams were duking it out, neither one of them were able to get ahead of the other.

In the 2nd quarter, both teams relied on their offense and the Nets committed a lot of turnover in the process. The Celtics took advantage of the fastbreak points yet they were not able to pull ahead too much as the Nets kept their offense going as well thanks to Dragic’s playmaking and Irving’s scoring. The first half ended with a tie between both the teams with a scoreline of 61-61.

In the start of the 2nd half, Kyrie started going razzle dazzle on the Celtics but to his dismay, the other Nets players could not get it going. The Celtics did not waste this opportunity and they widened the score gap finally with a 11 point lead.

However, knowing the Nets and their unstoppable offense, they rallied back in the 4th quarter with the combined effort of Kyrie and Durant. They negated the 10-point deficit and had a 5 point lead of their own with under 4 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter.

But the Celtics did not give up as they kept up their scoring by attacking the interior. Under 40 second remaining in the 4th quarter, the Nets had a 1 point lead on the Celtics with the ball being in their possession. Durant took a tough shot which did not go in.

The Celtics did not call timeout and took the ball on the other end of the court. They patiently passed around and with 3 seconds remaining, Marcus Smart found Jayson Tatum cutting to the basket, passing him the ball and Tatum layed it in at the buzzer!

Box Score

Jayson Tatum was the star of the game putting up 31 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds along with a steal and 2 blocks. Jaylen Brown put up 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4steals and 2 blocks. Marcus Smart came up big with 20 points, 6 assists, 7 rebounds and 2 steals on 44% from 3-point land. Old veteran Al Horford showed he still had a lot in his tank putting up a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Kyrie Irving led both teams in scoring with 39 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Durant had a rough shooting night yet he put up 23 points. Gorn Dragic came off the bench and gave 14 points and 5 rebounds on 55% from the field. Nicolas Claxton also came off the bench to give 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.

The Boston Celtics won game 1 of the playoffs with a scoreline of 115-114 thanks to Tatum’s buzzer beater. The game was extremely close and it goes to show what we can expect in this series. Both teams will make proper adjustments and we will definitely get to witness anther thrilling performance the next game.

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