The Boston star signed the 115-114 Celtics basket at the last minute, which closed a spectacular first match. The second is for Wednesday, also in Massachusetts
I start with the fireworks of a series that could easily be a conference final. The Celtics at the last breath with Tatum’s basket found success in race-1, 115-114, and knocked out the Nets. An intense game that after a contract start gives, especially in the second half, a show. The New York team is not satisfied with the performance to be framed by the very whistled ex Irving who scores 39 points.
show and … whistles
Start contract with the Boston defense who gets their hands on all the balls played by the Nets. Durant is forced to spend a lot of energy in defense on Tatum and in attack is not very precise. The referees use a decidedly fiscal yardstick and the whistles follow each other, breaking the rhythm of an intense but not very fluid game. Horford thinks about it with a couple of triples to create headaches for the defense of Brooklyn on the other side Curry finds rhythm from the perimeter, great news for Steve Nash. The Nets seem in great difficulty on the offensive level but in one way or another the New York team, despite a subdued Durant and the many turnovers (seven in the first quarter), remains there and closes the first fraction late by only one length. . Meanwhile, the backhoe whistles 18 fouls, a record this year in the NBA for the first quarter.
Irving begins to produce in the opening of the second half, on the other hand Williams’ good impact from the bench helps the Celtics a lot. Meanwhile, Drummond commits his fourth foul already in the middle of the second period, but the Nets find the production of a super Dragic and move on to lead. After looking for his teammates in the first quarter, Tatum in the first half final decides to go to the conclusion more frequently with more than good results. A couple of splendid baskets from the Boston star push the Celtics forward, Brooklyn responds in the final and the two teams go to the locker room on 61 equal with KD closing a decidedly difficult first half with 2/10 from the field and four turnover. The pace picks up at the start of the second half thanks to the Celtics who try to step on the accelerator. Smart picks up the pace from the long distance, erroneously “baptized” by the Brooklyn defense which, as always, also grants too many second chances. Horford and Tatum do the rest, with a very noisy TD Garden Boston so places the partial of 21-6 that brings it to +15. Durant, after a difficult first half, finds his rhythm in shooting, Irving and Dragic produce and the Nets come back under, Brown’s plays and Tatum’s triple in the final of the third fraction, however, allow the hosts to return to the advantage in double figures. When you can count on Durant and Irving but you can play it until the end, Brooklyn knows it well and at the beginning of the fourth period he starts to defend.
In attack then Irving produces magic, the Celtics find themselves in a daze and with a quick 13-0 Brooklyn returns to the front. Boston gets back on track and with the plays of Smart and Brown takes back the Nets. The finale is a Hollywood thriller. Irving with a space triple brings the guests back to +3, Brown approaches the Celtics and at the last breath Smart invents an assist that Tatum transforms into the layup on the siren that gives incredible success to the home team.
Boston: Tatum 31 (6/11, 3/7, 10/12 tl), Brown 23, Horford, Smart 20. Rebounds: Horford 15. Assists: Tatum 8.
Brooklyn: Irving 39 (6/10, 6/10, 9/9 tl), Durant 23, Dragic 14. Rebounds: Claxton 8. Assists: Curry, Irving 6.
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