The Net’s big trio defeated Celtics to enter the Semifinals
Game 5 was played at the Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics both call home.
With three victories in the seven-game series, the Nets sought to win the game against the Celtics on Tuesday.
including a stellar performance by the Net’s big three of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant.
THE NETS advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals as a result of their 123-109 victory over the Celtics.
The big trio each contributed 20 or more points to the victory.
Even better, James Harden recorded his 11th triple-double, making him the first Nets player to record a triple-double of 30 points or more in the postseason.
The Nets’ big three are currently averaging 85.2 points per game in the playoffs.
However, Jayson Tatum was the Celtics’ best player in their defeat to the Nets.
Against the Celtics, the Nets got off to a terrific start and maintained their outstanding play throughout.
The Nets took the lead in the first quarter
With a layup from Jayson Tatum to open the first period and a layup from James Harden to close it out.
Then Tristan Thompson made a straight drive to the basket for a layup.
With 9:32 left in the first, the Celtics added four more baskets, completing a 6-0 run to make the score 8-2.
After then, James Harden made a layup and a basket on the following possession.
On the opposite end, Marcus Smart missed a three-pointer, which allowed Kyrie Irving to slam on Harden’s long pass.
With 7:41 left in the quarter, the Nets knotted the score with the dunk.
Then Evan Fournier missed a three-point attempt, and Joe Harris came back with a jump shot.
About midway through the quarter, Romeo Langford made a three-pointer, tying the score once more at 12-12.
Irving missed a layup attempt, after which Jayson Tatum responded with a three-pointer.
Harris was directly blocked by Thompson at the rim. But on the following play, Durant responded with a jump shot.
As a result, they were tied once more, 19-19, with 3:14 left in the quarter.
Tatum then made a fadeaway jumper to take the lead.
A three-pointer from Tyler Johnson served as his response.
Durant blocked Aaron Nesmith and missed a layup on Harden’s assist in the transition.
With just over a minute remaining, Irving made another basket through a reverse layup to extend his advantage to seven points.
After an offensive rebound, Grant Williams missed a shot and was called for a foul.
Irving hit a three-pointer in retaliation.
The Nets then took the lead as the quarter concluded 31-24.
In the second quarter, the Nets kept expanding their lead.
To open the second quarter, Nicolas Claxton slammed home a dunk off of a pass from Harris.
In response, Jabari Parker made a hook shot and then added a layup for two more points.
On the following possession, Landry Shamet made a three-pointer and then a slam off a pass from Harden.
As a result, with 8:47 left in the quarter, the Nets led the Celtics by eight points, 38-30.
Following that, Payton Pritchard made a three-pointer.
Parker made a three-pointer after Langford stopped Claxton at the rim.
Harden came back with a three-pointer in response. On Pritchard’s pass, Langford missed a jump shot.
Harris retaliated with a three-point shot. On the following possession, Parker missed a jump shot.
Halfway through the quarter, they were down 42-46 with the Nets now leading by four points.
Durant made a three-pointer, and Harden drove right to the basket, where he added a basket and sank a dunk.
In response, Fournier threw down a jumper.
Smart then made a three-pointer to add another basket.
With 2:36 left in the third quarter, Irving made a three-pointer to increase the margin from four points to seven points.
Tatum responded by making a layup at the opposite end.
Irving made a layup by immediately driving to the basket.
Durant stopped a three-point attempt by Smart.
51-59 was the final score of the quarter, and the Nets had won by 8 points.
In the third quarter, the Nets once more took the lead
The third quarter was opened by a three-pointer by Langford.
Two minutes into the first, they were trailing the Nets 54-61.
After drawing a foul and missing a jump jumper, Harden increased his lead to ten points.
On Harris’s pass, Blake Griffin missed a dunk.
Fournier immediately retaliated with a hook shot.
Another two points were added for the Nets by Irving’s lob to Griffing for a slam.
On the following possession, Durant made a three-point shot and made it.
Halfway through the quarter, they were behind 65-75 as the Nets took the lead.
Over Griffin, Tatum made a three-pointer.
Irving responded by blocking a hook shot.
Following Tatum’s floater, Langford added a three-pointer on the following possession.
Langford was overcome by a deep jumper from Durant. At the buzzer, Tatum responded by bringing down a long jumper.
The Nets took the lead as the quarter came to a close, 77-86.
The game was won by the Nets who outplayed the Celtics.
Harden made a three-pointer to open the scoring in the fourth.
At the rim, Smart was blocked by Claxton from behind.
Following Thompson’s continued possession of the ball, Fournier deflected Claxton’s failed shot.
On Harris’s pass, Claxton sank it with two hands.
Tatum retaliated by sinking a three-pointer.
They had a score of 86-97 with 8:01 left in the quarter.
After drawing a foul, Fournier missed a layup.
Durant made a three-pointer and it was made.
The ball was then stolen by Bruce Brown Jr. and given to Irving.
Irving scored again, this time making a three-pointer.
Harden immediately responded to Fournier’s reverse layup with a three-pointer.
Halfway in the quarter, Smart added a layup to his total.
A long jumper was taken down by Durant.
With 3:59 left in the game, they had a score of 96-114 after Harden added a three-pointer, giving the Nets an 18-point advantage.
Joe Harris and Durant each made a three-pointer, which was made by Durant.
The Nets defeated the Celtics 109-123 at the end of the third quarter.
The outstanding performance of the Net’s big trio
To help the Nets win, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Kyrie Irving each scored 20 or more points.
James Harden led the Nets with a triple-double of 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, with 2 steals and 2 blocks.
He is currently the first Nets player to ever record a 30-point triple-double in the playoffs and the second Nets player overall with a triple-double in the playoffs.
Kyrie Irving, in contrast, finished with 25 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Irving remarked following the game, “We simply don’t want to take any of this time for granted.
“Three of the best scorers to ever play the game are on one squad.
This kind of thing doesn’t happen too frequently in our society, in our history.”
Moreover, Kevin Durant scored 24 points while dishing out 3 assists and 4 rebounds.
He now holds the record for the active player in the playoffs with the most points scored per game (minimum 25 games played).
As a result, the Nets’ big three have an overall playoff scoring average of 85.2 points.
Joe Harris contributed 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists in addition to the other three.
As for the Nets’ bench, Bruce Brown Jr. led the way with 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.
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The Celtics were led by Jayson Tatum.
Jayson Tatum, however, led the Celtics with 32 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Jayson Tatum: “This season hasn’t gone the way we had hoped, but it’s been a lesson that I and everyone else can use for the rest of our careers.
This has a lot to teach us.
Jayson kept on making plays.
Together, we didn’t work hard enough.
But this year, he really proved his mettle,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
With six rebounds, six points, and an assist, Evan Fournier scored 18.
It’s clear that this organization is of an A+ caliber.
According to Evan Fournier, the Celtics “truly expressed it, they were really pleased to have me, and they showed me a lot of love.”
Romeo Langford came up with 17 points, a rebound, and two assists to come in second.
Marcus Smart had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists in the end.
The Celtics’ bench was led by Jabari Parker, who had 13 points and 3 rebounds.
With the victory, the Nets will now play the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Kevin mentioned playing the Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Durant stated, “We’ve got our job cut out for us.
We’re excited about the battle because, after all, he was named Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time MVP for a reason.