Celtics Nets – Brooklyn Nets Torch Boston Celtics on Christmas Day

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Kyrie Irving didn’t skip a beat when he returned to TD Garden when Celtics Nets was on the agenda. The former Boston Celtic guard returned to his former team and helped the Brooklyn Nets obliterate the oppositions 123-95. By the end of the game, Irving set a Nets’ Christmas scoring record with 37 points, narrowly breaking Michael Ray Richardson’s record of 36 points set in 1984. 

Once upon a time, Irving once said he wanted his jersey hanging from the rafters at TD Garden. Instead, while wearing No. 11, he teamed up with teammate Kevin Durant for 66 points to lead a second-half surge. Here are the main takeaways from the game that sent Brooklyn to 2-0 on the season. 

Celtics Nets Game – Main Headlines

For the second straight game, the Nets finished scoring more than 120 points. Through two games, the Nets have scored the second-most points in the NBA. 

Nets’ Offensive Splurge

  • Irving led the Nets with 37 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds, and shot 7-of-10 from three-point range. 
  • Tied for game-high, both Irving and Durant finished with a +/- of 31. This is the second straight game that Irving finished with a rating above 30. 
  • The Nets shot 51.7% from three-point range as a team, while holding Boston to a 29.6% afternoon from downtown. 
  • Jarrett Allen was just one point away from finishing with a double-double. Instead, he finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds. 

Mixed Feelings in Boston

  • Irving mentioned that he was grateful to take on this season with the team that surrounds him. Irving was known for having a tubulous time with teammates in Boston. 
  • Boston led 54-51 at halftime. However, the Nets outscored the Celtics 74-41 to run away with the victory.
  • Coach Brad Stevens was called for a technical foul for arguing a foul call on Daniel Thies in the second quarter. 

Celtics Nets Game Analysis & Commentary

With Kemba Walker, the Celtics were considered underdogs against the Nets but played as Cinderella in the first half. In the end, the better team on paper defeated Boston. The next time around it should be a much closely contested game. 

Nets Are Making Noise

The Celtics needed a last-second shot from Jayson Tatum to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The Nets opened up the season with a commanding 2-0 record. Both the Celtics and Bucks are 1-1. With the Charlotte Hornets up next, this could be a three-game winning streak to start the year. 

Turnover Prone

Brooklyn finished with 15 turnovers as a team, but seven of those turnovers came from Caris Lavert. After scoring 20 points in his season debut, his sloppy play limited him to 19 minutes and just 10 minutes. 

What You Can’t See from the Nets

Even though Joe Harris and Spencer Dinwiddie combined for just 15 points on a combined 5-of-12 shooting, their impact was seen. Harris had a +/- rating of +22, while Dinwiddie was +16. This was the second straight game that Harris found himself with a rating above 20. 

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