As much as he disliked the sixth foul he received from Boston Celtics’ solid defence, he had no doubt the team could hold on without him. As if it wasn’t possible for Tatum, “I could not believe it at all but I think that is what we are built for.”
As per reports, 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. The Celtics’ No. 2 seed Marcus Smart scored 20 points and tallied 11 assists in a rout of what was expected to be a difficult series.
With Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Nets weren’t your typical low seed, but the Celtics showed no fear. Instead of losing on the final day of the regular season in order to avoid the matchup, Boston triumphed instead. After the Celtics had good defence on him for the first three games, Durant broke free and had 39 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds.
After missing most of the season with the coronavirus, Irving scored 20 points in the Nets’ win over the 76ers on Sunday. Tatum emerged as one of the NBA’s most lethal scorers on one of the league’s best defensive teams as the Celtics went 31-10 after being.500 at the midpoint of their season. In the first three games, Durant shot just 19-for-52 with 17 turnovers and struggled, even when he finally got more shots to fall on Monday.
The Celtics took a 90-75 lead in the final seconds of the third quarter thanks to Tatum’s 12 points. A few minutes after he was benched with his fifth foul, the Nets came within three points of winning the game. Tatum fouled out with 2:48 left in the game as the Celtics led by six points. In the final minute, Irving sank a 3-pointer and Durant scored to bring the game within one point at 109-108.