With a 116-112 victory, the Celtics complete the four-game sweep of the Nets.
However, Jayson Tatum was adamant. Even though he disagreed with his sixth foul call, he had no faith the Boston Celtics’ rock-solid defence would keep them in the game even if they lost their leading scorer.
I couldn’t believe it, but I guess that’s what we were designed for, Tatum said.
A championship might be in their future.
Jaylen Brown had 22 points and Jaylen Tatum had 29 as the Celtics beat the Nets 116-112 to become the first team to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Celtics No. 2 seed Marcus Smart had 20 points and 11 assists in a rout of the expectedly difficult Pac-12 series. There is currently a three-way tie in the Milwaukee-Chicago NBA playoff series and Boston will wait for the winner to come through.
With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets weren’t your usual low seed, but the Celtics showed no fear. Instead of losing on the final day of the regular season and being eliminated from the playoffs, Boston came out on top.
No need to be concerned, as it turned out.
“We don’t duck and evade anyone,” Smart added. It was clear to us what we were going to do when we walked in the door.”
Kevin Durant scored 39 points, tallied nine assists, and grabbed seven rebounds in the fourth game of the series against the Boston Celtics.
However, he was unable to secure the victory the Nets required to extend what will go down in history as a dismal season.
In order to secure the No. 7 seed, the Nets had to play their best game of the season.
The Nets were led by 23 points by Seth Curry. After missing most of the season with the coronavirus, Irving scored 20 points in his first home game back. His absence contributed to the Nets’ dismal performance.
A lot of things could explain why we lost, but they were simply a better team, according to Durant.
Tatum emerged as one of the NBA’s most lethal scorers on one of the league’s finest defensive teams as the Celtics finished 31-10 after being.500 at the halfway of their season.
Despite the fact that Durant was eventually able to get more shots to fall on Monday, the team’s defence held him to only 19-for-52 shooting and 17 turnovers in the first three games. After going 13 of 31 from the field, he was just 3 of 11 from the three-point line.
For the first time since his career began with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2010, he was eliminated in the first round. He enjoyed a nine-match winning streak in the first round.
The Celtics took a 90-75 lead in the final seconds of the third quarter thanks to Tatum’s 12 points. With 8:17 justify in the game, he was forced to the bench with his fifth foul, and the Nets were able to mount a comeback that cut their deficit to three points.
The Celtics had a six-point advantage with 2:48 remaining when Tatum was called for a foul. Irving sank a three-pointer with 1:28 remaining and Durant added a bucket to bring the score to 109-108.
Durant only made one free throw after a Brown basket, and the Celtics surged down the floor, with Al Horford putting back Smart’s missed shot to make it 113-109 with 13 seconds justify.
After a strong start to the season, the Nets seemed like a squad capable of winning their first NBA championship.
Harden was dissatisfied with Irving’s performance early in the season, so the Nets traded him to Philadelphia in exchange for Ben Simmons after he returned to the lineup just to play road games.
The Nets had wanted to have Simmons make his Nets debut in Game 4, but he was ruled out due to back problems that he has been dealing with since he arrived from Philadelphia in a midseason trade.
“We didn’t play as well as a team as we wanted to,” Irving added, expressing regret and a “little sadness.”
There were only 3:29 justify in the second quarter for the Nets to cut the deficit to 45-44. Grant Williams, on the other hand, hit three 3-pointers in a row to give Boston a 58-50 advantage with three minutes justify in the half.