Jayson Tatum attacked the hoop against Kevin Durant’s mark. Photo: Reuters
The Boston Celtics qualified early Tuesday for the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NBA playoffs when they beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-112 fight, thus winning the series 4-0 and awaiting the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks, along with Argentine Luca Vildoza, and the Chicago Bulls.
The game is played at the Nets’ Barclays Center and Boston made a difference with the trio made up of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. On the Nets side, it wasn’t enough with good night and goal by Kevin Durant, assisted by Seth Curry
Now, Boston awaits the winner of the series in which the current champion Bucks defeated the Bulls 3-1.
The Nets, one of the talented candidates for the title at the start of the season, they are the only franchise that has not won a single game in this first round.
Jason Tatum, the great figure of the series. Photo: Reuters.
Durant got his best performance in this Eastern Conference series with 39 points and 9 assists but made some major mistakes in the final minute.
The Celtics, the first team to advance to the conference semifinals, once again relied on the talent of Tatum, the absolute star of the tie who finished with 29 points. “It was 4-0 but every game was back and forth. we believed in ourselves“, where forward.
Tatum averaged 29.5 points and 7.3 assists in the series and surpassed Durant himself, who he showed her all his respect by hugging her in the middle of the court after the defeat.
Jaylen Brown holds the ball against the mark of a faint Kyrie Irving. Photo: Reuters.
“There’s no need to be sorry. Things are happening. There’s no need to cry over spilled milk. That way we can thrive and prosper from now on,” Durant pleaded.
Although Tatum was ejected for the staff with just two minutes left, Boston fixed the series thanks to Brown (22 points), Smart (20 points and 11 assists) and Al Horford (13 points).
Brooklyn didn’t get enough of Durant to get back to his level. His partner Kyrie Irving had 20 goals and 5 assists andyoung Nic Claxton posted a devastating 1/11 free throw statwhich surpassed even Shaquille O’Neal’s worst playoff performance.
The Celtics, who have had an average start to the regular season, are now flying with just six losses in the last 42 games.
Jayson Tatum flew in the basket against the brand of Nic Claxton and Kevin Durant. Photo: EFE
*Philadelphia Sixers 88 (3) -Toronto Raptors (2) 103, in the Eastern Conference.
*Dallas Mavericks 102 (3) -Utah Jazz 77 (2), in the Western Conference.
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*Miami Heat (3) -Atlanta Hawks (1), age 20 in Argentina, Eastern Conference
*Memphis Grizzlies (2) -Minnesota Timberwolves (2, with possible presence of Leandro Bolmaro), at 8:30 pm, Western Conference
*Phoenix Suns (2) -New Orleans Pelicans (2), at 23, Western Conference