The Brooklyn Nets clinched a clear victory over the Boston Celtics. In the duel between two of the last strongest teams in the Eastern Conference, only one had actually been present for a long time. Kevin Durant took a significant step forward in his career with the 123: 104 success.
Boston Celtics (10-9) – Brooklyn Nets (14-5) 104: 123 (BOXSCORE)
With his first basket of the game, Durant passed Allen Iverson and climbed to 25th place on the list of all-time scorers in NBA history. The two-time Final MVP finished the game with 21 points and 8 assists and actually could have finished earlier if the Celtics hadn’t made another inning at the end of the third quarter after charging 29 points from delay.
The Nets’ top scorer was Patty Mills, who scored 23 points (three 7/10), James Harden had 20 and 11 assists, LaMarcus Aldridge started and contributed 17 points. The story of the game was finally told quickly: Brooklyn touched (50.6% from the field, 40% from the triple line), Boston did not (37.4 and 22.9%, respectively). Boston therefore could not rely on the last good form with eight wins in eleven games.
Marcus Smart was still the best Celtic with 20 points, Jayson Tatum had 15 (4/16 FG, 1/9 3FG), Jaylen Brown had 13 points (5/15, 0/8). Dennis Schröder was still the bank’s best player with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, but he was unlucky on the pitch either (3/10, 1/5). Even the most open litters were assigned in rows by the Celtics.
Patty Mills starts off perfectly from downtown
Smart, Brown, Tatum, Grant Williams and Horford started with the hosts, on the opposite side the game opened, as recently against Cleveland Harden, Mills, Bembry, Durant and Aldridge. And Mills became the player from the first minutes: after just under four minutes, the other noble reserve had already sunk three threes, and Celtics coach Udoka took the first time out.
Brooklyn were initially the better team and briefly led in the first quarter with 11 points. Midway through the round, however, Boston found a better place in the game with Schröder, the gap narrowing to 4 points before Durant pushed up the pressure again. Boston only hit 2 of 13 three-pointers in the first quarter, they entered the quarter-break with 29:22.
Durant sat on the bench for the first time, but Brooklyn persisted. Mills hit his next line, then Harden followed suit, with nothing happening on the other side. The Nets were lightning fast with 40:25, the Celtics continued to have big problems with the shot. Schröder hit a triple from the corner, but Brooklyn maintained a double-digit lead almost permanently.
Shortly before the break, Williams placed another three-pointer in the corner at -9, but Thomas got the answer from the free throw line and then blocked Schröder, although the layup was in fact already on the table and therefore should have been a goalkeeper. Mid-range Aldridge put it at 62:49.
Celtics’ return attempt is quickly hushed up
In the third quarter, the familiar image emerged: Brooklyn came out of the break much better and took a 21-point lead with an 11: 3 run, which was the night’s high so far. Harden hit a trio and twice found Aldridge for more jumpers, on the other hand the Celtics seemed mostly busy with the umpires. Mills reached his fifth line for a 28-point lead.
The quarterback degenerated for a long time until the Celtics were dismantled and it seemed predictable from the start that the hosts would not recover. But at the end of the third, the action changed: Boston finally found some energy with a formation made up of Schröder, Smart, Langford, Tatum and Parker and registered a score of 17-0 throughout the quarter. . The room woke up again, the stars of the Nets had to redouble their efforts when the match had already had a decisive effect.
However, Boston couldn’t come close to 12 points. The remaining doubts were dispelled about four minutes before the end: Durant found Mills for his next three, Harden added two free throws and a three drop. After the quick 8-0 run it was again 21 points, a little later the starters were finally taken out of the field.