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The Boston Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-112 on Monday at the Barclays Center in Game 4 of the first round of the playoff series, and they did it without superstar Jayson Tatum, who missed the end of the fourth quarter after a foul. .
It was sweet revenge for the Celtics, who dropped to the Nets in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs in five games.
Despite the foul, Tatum finished with 29 points, three rebounds and five assists. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart helped push Boston to the limit, combining for 42 points in the win.
Nets star Kevin Durant had his best game of the series, finishing with 39 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and a steal, but his efforts were not enough as two of Brooklyn’s starters, Bruce Brown and Andre Drummond , scored only two points.
Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, finished with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Durant and Irving teamed up in Brooklyn for the 2019-20 season in hopes of winning an NBA title. So far, the farthest the Nets have come in the playoffs is in the second round. It didn’t help that Ben Simmons, who was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for James Harden, hasn’t played a minute for the franchise this season, but that’s not the reason the Nets lost this series.
That said, here’s how social media reacted:
The Nets are the first team in NBA history to shoot 50% from the field and 40% from three in the playoffs and be eliminated. pic.twitter.com/CrKoqgwNt1
The Nets were the no. 1 title favorite before the start of the season.
They are the only team to be swept in these playoffs. pic.twitter.com/5BHAwy4mlB
This is the first playoff in 17 years without KD or LeBron in the second round. pic.twitter.com/K7Dw9jMovz
The Jays vs the Nets:
29.5 PPG 22.5 PPG
7.3 APG 5.3 RPG
1.8 SPG 2.5 SPG
41.9 3P% 49.3 FG% pic.twitter.com/wku0iorQIr
KEVIN DURANT AND KYRIE IRVING ARE SCAMS LMAOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/7iE7aB5CDt
Bleacher report @Bleacher report
Draymond watching the Nets get swept 😅 pic.twitter.com/wdMuoAjeWL
ESPN stats and information @ESPNStatsInfo
The Nets are 1-8 in their last 9 playoff games since Game 3 of the 2021 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Bucks.
Jayson Tatum’s 118 points is the most by a Celtics player in 4 sweeps games, breaking his own 2020 1st round mark over the 76ers. pic.twitter.com/ZmGFwEsmxg
The Celtics will face defending champions Milwaukee Bucks or Chicago Bulls in the next round. The Bucks lead the series 3-1 with Game 5 set for Wednesday.