Tatum outscores Durant and Irving combined, Boston up 3-0 vs Brooklyn

2022-04-24T09:31:25+00:00 2022-04-24T09:32:22+00:00.

Stefan Djordjevic

24/Apr/22 09:31


Jayson Tatum delivered, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving didn’t, and the Boston Celtics are now up 3-0 in the first round of the NBA playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

The playoff series moved to the Brooklyn Nets‘ home arena, however, that didn’t change a thing as the Boston Celtics once again outplayed the opponent in a similar fashion for a 109-103 win. They are now up 3-0 and one step away from a sweep.

Jayson Tatum dominated the scorers with game-high 39 points and he managed to outscore Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving combined. The Nets duo went for 16 points each and the top scorer for Brooklyn was Bruce Brown with 26.

On the other hand, Tatum, who also stole the ball six times, got help from Jaylen brown who scored 23, and Marcus Smart who added 14 points.

All eyes have been on the Durant-Irving duo after the first two games that went in Boston’s favor, expecting an explosive display, especially so from Durant who’s been struggling with the Celtics‘ defense that has been very focused on him specifically.

And while there is no way around it but to give props to the Boston Celtics for being well-prepared and dominating the series on both sides of the floor, Durant, who’s been regarded as one of the unstoppable scorers ever seen in the game of basketball, has got to do better if his team is to avoid a sweep.

“I was just thinking too much to be honest, this whole series. Like how I approach the game. We got another game to play, another opportunity, and I’m looking forward to that,” Durant said.

“I feel like the first two games I was trying to be too aggressive. A team that’s loading up on me, that’s trying to take me out of all my actions. I felt like I was still trying to force the first two games and watching film, a lot of my teammates were open and they were knocking down shots, so I felt my approach to this game was to play off of everybody — get in the flow of the offense and let the ball move and find me.”