Heroes, zeros in Nets’ crushing loss to Celtics

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.

Bruce Brown drives to the basket in the Nets’ loss to the Celtics.

unsung hero

Goran Dragic had 14 points off the bench along with five assists and a team-best plus-17.

Key stat

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

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