The Celtics win 126-120 led by their 24 year old champion. Brooklyn relies on Durant and the whistled Irving but that’s not enough
LeBron calls and Tatum answers. The King at the tender age of 37 signs 56 points, the day after one of the new stars of the NBA, the 24-year-old Jayson Tatum, makes it clear that this League is in good hands also thanks to the new generation and with a space test he knocks out the Nets (32 won and 33 lost). The phenomenon of the Celtics (39-27) scores 54 points at the end of a really nice and fun match, dragging Boston to success, 126-120 the score, on the New Yorkers.
The Nets find the Durant-Irving duo who this season had seen themselves sold in four games and the two Brooklyn phenomena start with their foot on the accelerator. The teammates are watching with Irving and KD signing 14 of the visiting team’s first 16 points. On the other hand, however, Tatum immediately lights up and there is trouble for the defense of the Nets. Durant continues to hurt the Boston defense but the visiting team fails to take off due to some turnover too many and some decidedly revisable defensive readings. Irving continues to be overwhelmed with boos from his former fans and loses some polish in attack, while Tatum remains a certainty for the Celtics. A decidedly entertaining match comes at half-time with Brooklyn leading 60-58.
The first minutes of the third quarter are all Tatum brand. The former Duke produces a series of spells and brings the Celtics back, the guests respond with good ball movement and with Brown’s baskets. The Nets return to being incisive in attack and with a Durant at times unstoppable they begin to take control of operations, reaching +9. The end of the fraction, as well as the beginning, however, belongs to Tatum, the Celtics are back in the wake and close the third period late by only one length. The Tatum-show also continues in the final fraction, the Boston phenomenon with his plays pushes the home team to the 8-0 partial that brings the Celtics to +8 in the middle of the period but KD responds from KD and seizes the counter-partial of 11-2 which brings back Brooklyn. There is nothing to be done against this Tatum though. Boston seeks its star that responds big by bringing the Celtics back. A couple of bad readings in attack by Irving take away the pace in Brooklyn, Tatum thanks and exceeds 50, the rest is done by the returning Brown who with his triple at 39 ” from the siren brings Boston back to +6 and actually starts the credits on the race.
Boston: Tatum 54 (8/15, 8/15, 14/17 tl), Brown 21, Smart 14. Rebounds: Williams 8. Assists: Smart 9.
Brooklyn: Durant 37 (8/12, 4/9, 9/10 tl), Irving 19, Brown 16. Rebounds: Drummond 7. Assists: Durant 8.
March 6 – 10:14 pm
© REPRODUCTION RESERVED