The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Boston Celtics in a gritty win on Friday night. Brooklyn, at home, was led by just Kyrie Irving, as the team continues to struggle with team injuries. Despite Irving not playing like himself for most of the game, the Nets managed to hold the Celtics to just over 100 points, while putting up good numbers. With the help of many players, Brooklyn went on to win the game, 109-104.
From the beginning of the game, Boston’s All-Star in Jayson Tatum led his team to an early 1st quarter lead. With his smooth shot-making, offensive leadership, and absolute bombs from downtown, Tatum did it all.
Although he did carry the Celtics all game long, his offense was only a major factor in the 1st half. As the 1st half went on though, Tatum could not be stopped and Brooklyn had no answer for the 23-year-old.
As the defensive stops were non-existent and the offense was not as fluent as they usually are, the Nets were off to a rough start. They could not hit as many shots and get buckets. However, they did not let the C’s jump out to a massive lead, as Brooklyn pulled off an impressive comeback in the 2nd quarter of action.
Brooklyn continued to grind through this game as Uncle Drew struggled with his shot, though he was not guarded particularly well. Others on this deep Nets roster chimed in to make up for his lack of scoring.
Guys like Joe Harris, Bruce Brown, Landry Shamet, Jeff Green, Blake Griffin, and newly signed guard, Mike James all put in work. With the bombardment of threes rained down from Brooklyn, the Nets came together to score in bunches. They individually got buckets, especially Mike James.
This all was started however with the many defensive stops and forced turnovers created by the role players and key starters. Along with these players, Kyrie joined in on the action and picked up 4 steals, along with many defensive stops that did not show up on the stat sheet.
Brooklyn ended the game with their fast pace buckets in the fast break. The Brooklyn Nets defeated Boston as they take the season series, 3-0.
Joe Harris– 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 6/12 FG, 4/7 3PT in 34 minutes
Bruce Brown– 15 points, 8 rebounds, 7/8 FG in 27 minutes
Kyrie Irving– 15 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals, 4/19 FG in 34 minutes
Jayson Tatum– 38 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 14/27 FG, 6/12 3PT in 39 minutes
Marcus Smart– 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 7/17 FG, 2/10 3PT in 30 minutes
Payton Pritchard– 22 points, 3 rebounds, 8/12 FG, 6/7 3PT in 24 minutes
This Sunday, the Nets will remain at the Barclays Center to continue their short home-stand. Brooklyn (40-20) will face Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and the Phoenix Suns (42-17). The Nets narrowly defeated the Suns in an epic 2nd half comeback. They look to sweep Phoenix in the season series this weekend. The game will be broadcasted at 3:30 PM EST on ESPN and on YES Network.