Kevin Durant scored 42 factors and Kyrie Irving added 39 because the Brooklyn Nets took management within the second quarter and pulled away within the third for a 141-126 rout of the host Boston Celtics in Recreation 4 of their first-round sequence.
The Nets, the No. 2 seed within the East, lead the sequence three video games to 1 and might safe their first journey to the convention semifinals since 2014 on Tuesday evening in Brooklyn. In the event that they win, they are going to face the third-seeded Milwaukee Bucks within the second spherical, who’ve already swept the Miami Warmth 4-0.
Durant produced his twelfth profession 40-point postseason sport by taking pictures 14 of 20 from the sector and hitting all 11 of his free throws. Durant completed one level shy of the Nets’ single-game postseason scoring report set by Vince Carter in opposition to Miami in 2006.
Irving bounced again from taking pictures 6 of 17 in Recreation 3 on Friday to shoot 11 of 24 general and make 6-of-12 three-point tries. The previous Celtics guard additionally made 11 of 11 free throws and grabbed 11 rebounds whereas listening to boos all through the sport from the sell-out crowd of 17,226.
KD (42 PTS), Kyrie (39 PTS) and Harden (23 PTS) tied the #NBAPlayoffs report for PTS scored by three teammates (104).
The opposite 2 trios:
John Havlicek (54), Jo Jo White (34), Dave Cowens (16) (4/1/1973) and Dominique Wilkins (50), Randy Wittman (35), Spud Webb (19) (4/19/1986). pic.twitter.com/FrQwNE902Z
— NBA Historical past (@NBAHistory) Could 31, 2021
James Harden added 23 and a playoff career-high 18 assists to fall one shy of the franchise’s postseason report for assists set by Jason Kidd in opposition to the Toronto Raptors in 2007.
Brooklyn’s star trio mixed to shoot 33-of-56 from the sector whereas the Nets shot 57.8 % and set a franchise report for factors in a playoff sport.
Jayson Tatum adopted up his 50-point sport from Friday by scoring 40 however Boston had little solutions defensively for Brooklyn’s stars. Marcus Sensible and Evan Fournier added 16 apiece for the Celtics, who shot 43.5 % and have been with out Kemba Walker (left knee) and Robert Williams III (sprained left ankle).
Tatum scored 14 factors because the Celtics held a 34-33 lead after the opening quarter.
Harden and Irving mixed for 26 of Brooklyn’s 40 factors within the second when the Nets shot 70 % and made their first 10 pictures to seize a 73-60 lead.
Irving’s tip-in dunk with 7:07 left within the third interval gave the Nets their first 20-point lead at 88-68. Brooklyn then reached the century mark when Bruce Brown hit a layup for a 100-77 lead with 4:08 remaining and held a 112-91 lead into the fourth.
Two free throws by Sensible reduce Boston’s deficit to inside 121-103 with 8:07 remaining however Durant hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 127-103 lead lower than a minute later to complete it off.