Thirty points difference after 12 minutes. Faced with the ghostly defense of Brooklyn players, the Boston Celtics achieved the biggest gap in franchise history in a first quarter (46-16). Carried by an exceptional address (7/7 at three points to start), Joe Mazzula’s players quickly killed all suspense. The gap even came close to 50 points in the last round (78-127, 41st), to finish at 43 at the buzzer (96-139).
“We were ready to play from the in-between. », explained Jayson Tatum, who had more points (18) than the entire Boston team (16) after the first quarter. The winger was only able to rest when he reached 31 points, his coach wanting him to equal his average for the season (31.1). In his wake, Jaylen Brown also shone with 26 points, including 21 scored behind the arc. ” They are hungrycommented their teammate Robert Williams after the meeting. They are still disappointed with last season (defeat in the final)”.
Irving misses his comeback
Brooklyn side, only Cam Thomas came out of the shadows with 19 points and a good activity. Offensively, no one came to supplement the contribution of Ben Simmons (knee) and TJ Warren (tibia), both absent for the third game in a row. Injuries to which we must obviously add that of Kevin Durant. Since his sprained kneethe Nets have only won 4 games in 11 games.
In this avalanche of physical glitches, Kyrie Irving was expected to relay. But the former green house, widely booed by the public at each touch of the ball, was well contained by the Boston defense. With four of his first five shots missed, the point guard struggled to enter his game which he finished with 20 points, just 1/7 from three points.
” It’s clear that they (Boston) are playing for the title and don’t want to waste time on the regular season.analyzed the former Celtic. Tonight I felt like we were just one team on their way and that’s not possible. We have to be one of those teams that resists them and stands up to them. »
The Nets remain fourth in the Eastern Conference but see their lead over their pursuers melt away. With 37 wins for 15 losses, Boston sits at the top of the conference, before a shock against Philadelphia, third, next Thursday. In the meantime, it will be necessary to negotiate the reception of Phoenix and a trip to Detroit.
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