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Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons missed the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night. The rest of the team may have been on the injury report as well.
The Boston Celtics, led by Jayson Tatum’s 31 points and 9 rebounds, completely wiped out Brooklyn at TD Garden 139-96.
20 PTS in the first half of Jason Tatum 🥶
He has 20 PTS, 6 REBs and 4 3pm on ESPN. pic.twitter.com/inMcyqPvZ3
Great start in Boston.
☘️ Tatum: 18 PTS, 5 REB, 4/4 3pm
☘️ Brown: 12 PTS, 3 3 PM
☘️ Celtics: 70% FG, 8/9 3pm
Celtics lead 41-13 on ESPN. pic.twitter.com/VxufBZexfv
Jaylen Brown added 26 points and Kyrie Irving led the way to the ill-fated Nets with 20 points.
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“Bad Kyrie!” chanted at TD Garden as the Celtics beat the Nets 139-96. pic.twitter.com/y4xcdixmnW
The Nets were unable to hit the rim with a medicine ball in this game. They were also squashed to the board 57-32.
This game started ugly and ended ugly:
bleacher report @bleacher report
Jayson Tatum (18 points) single-handedly outperformed the entire Nets team in the first quarter 😳 pic.twitter.com/j42RNGnmtO
There are many ways to point out how bad this performance was from Brooklyn.
stat muse @status muse
— 1st quarter 46 points
— Total PTS 139
— 10 straight wins against the Nets
— Beat 4 Seeds by 46 PTS
Their two best players didn’t even play in the fourth quarter. pic.twitter.com/LF3yj8Fklz
Adam Kaufman @Adam Kaufman
There are explosive wins and whatever your level of embarrassment is just being in the garden. #Celtics humiliated the Nets from the opening chip. The NBA leader is 139-96 slugging.
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Celtics facing Warriors vs Celtics facing Nets pic.twitter.com/39m0iFEHgO
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The Nets lost to the Celtics by 43 points. pic.twitter.com/IcoTz4FqYO
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Live footage of the Celtics vs Nets game pic.twitter.com/0W2NRPwVk6
Brian Y. @bi sports
The Nets try to catch up with the Celtics tonight: pic.twitter.com/z8Oy1VOoLi
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Every time I see the Nets on their schedule, the Boston Celtics pic.twitter.com/IIijpNZwPf
That’s because the Celtics have won 11 of their last 14 games, while the Nets have lost seven of their last 11. Match.
As a result, the Nets (31-20) dropped to fifth in the East, while the Celtics (37-15) were the number one seed in the conference, leading the Philadelphia 76ers by 2.5 games.
Now they are two teams going in opposite directions. Getting Durant back and to a lesser extent Simmons back would help. However, the Celtics’ Nets numbers date back to last season.
However, it is less definitive than Wednesday night.There was an explosion and then there was that.