The Brooklyn Nets took a convincing win at the Boston Celtics. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both had a good day and were unstoppable. In the end, the Nets win with 123: 95.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points (9/16 FG), Kyrie Irving recorded 37 points (7/10 threes) and 8 assists in his first game in Boston since his departure (preseason excluded). The duo shouldered the lion’s share of the offense, 40 points in the second half alone, otherwise only Caris LeVert scored double-digit. Otherwise center Jarrell Allen was also strong (9, 11 rebounds). For Boston Jaylen Brown (27, 8 boards) and Jayson Tatum (20, 9/22 FG) were the best scorers, while Daniel Theis (2, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) hardly appeared offensively.
The game was fiercely contested from the first minute, with hardly any easy points on either side. The Celtics had huge problems with their offense, but Tristan Thompson gave his new team numerous second chances. Durant started well, but took only a few throws as a result. On the side of the hosts, Semi Ojeleye generated a bit of offense, Tatum, however, initially remained without points.
That should change in the second section, when the 22-year-old was increasingly looking for the drive and also found his touch from a distance. So did Irving on the other side, who scored 14 points. The Celtics led the break with 3 points, but it could have been more if they hadn’t given Brooklyn so many easy points from the free throw line. Theis and Thompson both had three fouls each after 24 minutes.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving too much for the Celtics
After the change, Durant really thawed out. The two-time finals MVP did what he wanted with Thompson and poured the center 9 points in a row. Since Boston was early in the bonus, they stayed at it first – until Durant Marcus Smart and Brown each pounded the fourth foul within a few seconds. After that, the guests expanded their lead, with 86:77 in favor of the Nets, it went into the final section.
In this, the Nets started with a 9-2 run that took the wind out of the sails of the Celtics. Caris LeVert now led the reservists, while Tatum left something behind on the other side. When Irving and Durant returned it quickly became clear who would leave the field as the winner. The Celtics simply couldn’t get any more stops against the two stars, so there was no catching up.
The most important statistics
Boston Celtics (1-1) vs. Brooklyn Nets (2-0) 95:123
- As against Milwaukee, the Celtics started with Theis UND Thompson in the front court, and Boston was accordingly dominant among the boards. After just 58 seconds, Nets coach Steve Nash took the first time out because the Celtics had brought two offensive rebounds in a row. But there was no improvement, in the first quarter alone the Celtics got 7 second chances, 4 of them through Thompson. In the end, the Celtics had collected 19 offensive rebounds despite bankruptcy, Brooklyn only 9.
- However, the physical style of play also had its price. The Nets got a lot of whistles and went to the free throw line 17 times in the first half alone. For comparison: Boston only took 7 freebies. Over 48 minutes, the Nets marched to the line 31 times, nine of which were taken by Durant.
- A sign of the good defensive work of both teams? In the first half, both teams came together to just 5 points in transition. Here in the third quarter the rabbit was also in the pepper. While the Nets allowed absolutely nothing, Boston approved a whopping 12 points in transition in this section, which made the difference (23:35 was the result of the quarter).
- The Nets have amazing offensive power in their squad and they can dominate, especially with their jump throws. Durant and Irving did this especially in the third quarter, in which they together scored more points than the entire Celtics team (25:23). 42 points (21/34 FG) in the zone are anything but a top value, but as an elitist throwing team you can afford it.
- Jeff Teague is human! After the point guard had converted all of their nine threes so far, including the preseason, the newcomer to the Celtics made his first attempt from a distance. And not only that: Teague missed all five of his throws that evening and remained without points in 21 minutes.
- For the Celtics it is the biggest defeat in more than five years when they lost in Cleveland in March 2015 with 31 points. The last time the Celtics lost at home was higher in March 2007 – with 31 points against the Houston Rockets.
Boston Celtics vs. Brooklyn Nets: The Voices on the Game
Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics): “The advantage of starting these two games against two great teams is that you will be forced to improve. Now we know what to strive for.”
Steve Nash (Coach Brooklyn Nets) on Durant: “It’s still impressive to see it after all these years. Those little runs are nothing to him. It is impossible for ordinary mortals in the NBA to even think about them.”
The star of the game: Kevin Durant
It’s so good that Durant can play basketball at that level again. If the forward has found his touch, then nobody in this world can stop him, especially not Tristan Thompson. KD sank his first five throws for 12 points in the third quarter, giving the game a completely new dynamic. Pull-up, pull-up, transition, pull-up threesome, it was the KD show in this phase. Oh yeah, that Kyrie Irving wasn’t all that bad either.
The flop of the game: Marcus Smart
Most of the time he had the uncomfortable task of checking Irving, but mostly he couldn’t do anything against the many moves of the Nets Guard. His threesome fell solidly again, but Smart had big problems in the finish near the board. It was definitely not Smart’s best game, and neither did Tatum or Teague achieve their potential.
The scene of the game
Lob City may be history, but DeAndre Jordan can still jump damn high. This Alley Oop may serve as proofthat not many people in this league can achieve. DJ can do it and showed in this game (not only through this action) that he still has a little more in his tank than expected.