It was a historic efficiency from the Nets and their “Massive Three” Sunday that silenced a sellout TD Backyard.
On an evening when TD Backyard opened its doorways to welcome the Celtics’ first sellout crowd of the yr — 17,226 followers — Brooklyn’s “Massive Three” served as silencers, combining for 104 factors to raise the Nets previous the Celtics, 141-104. The 141 factors is a brand new franchise playoff file. Furthermore, Brooklyn had a staggering capturing break up of 57/59/97. With the win, the Nets take a 3-1 sequence lead and are one win away from advancing to the second spherical the place they are going to face the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kevin Durant — who like Kyrie Irving, was greeted by a cascade of boos raining from the stands — led the Nets with 42 factors on 14-of-20 capturing from the sector and 3-of-3 from behind the arc. Other than shredding Boston’s protection, the Nets celebrity contributed 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 40 minutes of play.
Irving had a bounce-back efficiency in entrance of his former followers in a giant manner. Irving completed his particular evening with 39 factors, 11 rebounds and two assists on 11-of-24 capturing from the sector and 6-of-12 from three in 41 minutes of play.
James Harden — who was coming off a team-high 41-point efficiency within the Sport 3 loss — had a ridiculous stat line serving because the facilitator. The previous MVP recorded a double-double of 23 factors and 18 assists to go along with 5 rebounds in 40 minutes of play. The 18 assists had been probably the most he ever recorded in a sport, common season or post-season.
Brooklyn grew to become the second workforce in NBA historical past to have a number of 35-point scorers in consecutive video games and the trio grew to become the second to attain 35+ factors in the identical playoff sport in Nets historical past.
Apart from the celebrated trio, Bruce Brown supplied Brooklyn with punch off the bench with 14 factors and 7 rebounds adopted by Joe Harris with 14 factors on 5-of-9 capturing from the sector and 4-of-5 from deep. Nicolas Claxton performed very nicely defensively, recording a career-high 4 blocks in solely eight minutes of play. Brooklyn didn’t play their younger massive for the whole lot of the second half.
For Boston, Jayson Tatum had one other nice offensive efficiency of 40 factors on 10-of-22 capturing total and 3-of-7 from three to go along with seven rebounds and 5 assists adopted by Evan Fournier with 16 factors in 28 minutes of play. The Celtics completed the loss with six gamers in double-figures.
The Celtics got here out with sharpness of their decision-making whereas proscribing house on the defensive finish for Brooklyn. Boston opened up the competition capturing 50.0 % capturing from each the sector and from three behind the play of Tatum and Good to carry an early 21-15 lead with 6:06 remaining. In the meantime, Brooklyn missed their first three threes and Durant appeared comfy within the mid-range scoring six of the Nets’ first 15 factors.
Brooklyn did a majority of their injury from the charity strike — capturing a season-high 14 free throws and going an ideal 14-of-14 within the body. Irving led the injury with seven factors on seven free throw makes an attempt to finish the primary with 12 factors.
Whereas Griffin struggled early defensively, Claxton supplied the Nets with some sturdy minutes, instantly making an affect defensive, swatting two photographs and altering a pair of photographs.
The excessive scoring first ended with a 34-33 Celtics lead with Tatum scoring 14 factors and capturing 7-of-7 from the charity strike. For Brooklyn, Durant paved the best way with 17 factors — tied for probably the most factors scored within the first quarter of a playoff sport in his profession — adopted by Irving with 12 whereas the workforce shot 45.0 % from the sector and 1-of-4 from three.
Brooklyn opened the second quarter sizzling and transferring the ball, rising their largest lead — 45-37 lead and after a thunderous Harden slam off a nifty bounce move from Harris and a 20-foot jumper by Johnson, Boston referred to as a timeout to regroup.
After which it acquired scary.
Brooklyn upped their physicality within the second and their defensive effort transformed into high-quality offense to silence the packed TD Backyard crowd and steal the momentum. The Nets opened the body hitting 10 of their first 12 photographs and operating the offense by means of the ‘Massive Three’ — who mixed for 59 of the Nets’ 73 first-half factors.
To make issues sweeter, the historical past books adopted.
The Nets put collectively their second 40-point quarter of the sequence and their 13-point halftime lead (73-60) marked the most important lead on the break within the postseason since Sport 1 of the Jap Convention Finals towards the Miami Heat in Could of 2006 and the 73 first-half factors tied a file for many factors scored in any half of their postseason historical past with Sport 3 of a first-round sequence with the Bucks in April of 1986.
Brooklyn’s offensive clinic continued to stream to begin the second half whereas the Celtics continued to unravel. The Nets capitalized within the early offense to associate with their sizzling capturing and their good consistency from the charity strike. After a stunning Irving put-back slam off a Griffin miss, Brooklyn ballooned their result in 20 factors with 7:10 remaining within the third.
Brooklyn went on to attain their one centesimal level with 4:04 remaining within the third, marking the second time on this sequence (Sport 2) and of their postseason historical past, the workforce has hit the 100-point marker by means of three quarters, rising their result in 103-77 with 3:40 remaining off a 27-foot three from Irving off a kick-out move from Brown.
The Celtics did acquire some momentum after a devastating defensive efficiency all through the third, hitting two threes, however the Nets hit the ultimate 12 minutes of play boasting a 112-91 lead — 112 level a brand new franchise file by means of three-quarters — tied for the most important lead by means of three quarters on the highway in postseason franchise historical past.
Brooklyn started the fourth staggering the ‘Massive Three’s’ minutes within the fourth quarter and after nursing a double-digit lead coming into the ultimate minute of play, Nash pulled his trio from the ground, leaving Chris Chiozza, Johnson, Mike James, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Landry Shamet to complete the competition.
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Right here’s a enjoyable truth: Previous to Sunday’s sport, the Brooklyn Nets had been thirteenth out of 16 playoff groups in factors within the paint with simply 38.7 per sport.
In Sport 4, they recorded 26 within the first half. That’s what fueled the run; simple downhill touches.
Attending to the rim was at all times going to be the query for Kevin Durant. We knew he was going to be a harmful risk off the catch. We felt assured that he’d be capable to join on midrange pull-ups ought to he get run off the road. Heck, most of us even felt good about his post-up play and elite hesitation face-up sport.
Driving to the rim was at all times the large query for Kevin Durant after an Achillies tear, particularly within the postseason. He’s answered that query. Completely.
He’s parlayed that rim dominance into runners, floaters, and simply completely nutty off-the-glass photographs like this that ought to not be coming off the fingertips of a seven-footer with such ease. One in all a form.
His former OKC teammate and at present Scary Hour troika member James Harden has additionally proven tenacity off the bounce after displaying slightly little bit of sluggishness within the first two video games of the sequence towards Boston. Right here, he simply flat-out beats Tristan Thompson to the spot after the Celtic massive man performs slightly near the extent to include Harden’s pull-up capturing gravity.
After which in fact, the largest distinction between Video games 3 and 4, Kyrie Irving, who lit up the Celtics with revenge photographs galore. Right here’s the person himself attending to the cup after utilizing Blake Griffin’s display for the bouncy layup.
The Nets had been in want of a “show it” efficiency after a dismal Sport 3. Give them credit score; Brooklyn gave it.
The Nets will return to Brooklyn and play Sport 5 on Tuesday, June 1. The sport is scheduled to tip at 7:30 PM ET and can air reside on WPIX-TV and also will be streamed reside on the YES Community App.
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