Breaking down key performances and developments from the Nets’ Game 1 playoff loss to the Celtics.
Kyrie Irving scored 39 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter to lead a comeback that was nullified by Jayson Tatum, who finished with 31 points and a spinning layup at the final buzzer.
Bruce Brown gave Boston the scoreboard some material on Tuesday night, but when the game started he had just five points, five fouls, a minus-13 and couldn’t slow Tatum down.
Goran Dragic had 14 points off the bench along with five assists and a team-best plus-17.
43-29 rebounding edge for the Celtics, including 14-5 on the offensive glass
quote of the day
“Kiss him. Kiss him. It’s the dark side. Kiss him.”
— Kyrie Irving on going back and forth with Boston fans
New York Post