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NBA Playoffs: Brooklyn Nets also lose Game 3 to the Boston Celtics

The Brooklyn Nets also lost Game 3 of the first round series to the Boston Celtics and are close to the playoffs. At 109: 103, Jayson Tatum was the man of the match on the visitors’ side, while Nets duo Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving remained largely pale. Plus, Brooklyn made too many mistakes.

Brooklyn Nets (7) – Boston Celtics (2) 103: 109 (BOXSCORE), Series: 0-3

Tatum finished the game with 39 points (13/29 FG, 4/13 3FG), 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 6 steals. He is the second Celtic with a 35/5/5/5 game in the playoffs after Dave Cowens in 1976. Manager Ime Udoka then praised his star mainly for his defense: “Because of his scoring performance, often he doesn’t get is enough merit. He accepted the challenge against Durant and allowed us to play defense like we do. He’s been great in this series, but he’s been all year. “

Tatum received support from Jaylen Brown (23, 9/16 FG), especially in the final section, Marcus Smart also made an offensive contribution (14) and defended exceptionally as usual. Daniel Theis scored 9 points (4/6 FG) and 6 rebounds in 17 minutes.

Both teams scored 12 triples, but Boston needed another ten shots for that. The Nets had a resounding disadvantage in terms of ball control: they conceded themselves 21 turnovers, which Boston used for 37 points (Brooklyn also had 25). Durant and otherwise strong Bruce Brown (26, 19/19 FG) threw the ball five times. Star duo Durant (6/11 FG, 8 rebounds, 8 assists) and Irving (6/17 FG, 0/7 3FG) failed to go above 16 points, with KD only hitting one shot in the fourth quarter . Otherwise Seth Curry (10), Patty Mills (12) and Nic Claxton (13) scored double digits. Match 4 on Tuesday evening is already an elimination match.

Although Robert Williams was again available after his knee injury, Theis remained in the top five of the Celtics and formed the frontcourt alongside Al Horford. The Nets also started unchanged. And Brooklyn came into the game excellently, Brown put his mark early with a steal that included a layup, a triple and a tip. These put the Celtics on the board.

But the Celtics’ intense defense quickly paid off, resulting in open shots on the other side. Tatum fired in front of Boston from long range and sent kisses to the crowd. He completed a run of 10: 0 with a powerful dunk. The lead had already passed back and forth more than ten times. Thanks to Tatum’s 12 points, the visitors were ahead after the first quarter: 30:25.

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