It got attention-grabbing leisurely however it completely became too extensive of a mountain for the Celtics to climb.

The Nets defeated the Celtics, 123-104, at TD Backyard in entrance of a sellout crowd of 19,156 on Thanksgiving Eve. With the victory, Brooklyn improves their Eastern Conference finest-file to 14-5 (two-recreation lead) and adds yet any other spend to their league-finest motorway file — 8-2.

“I correct admire how we stuck to the sport knowing,” stated Kevin Durant on the very most attention-grabbing takeaway from the spend. “We went over how we are going to guard this team in shootaround this morning. The transfer became something that we’re all jubilant with. That’s actually what it’s a ways; transferring what you learn in practices and shootarounds and attempting to achieve in the games. I obtain tonight became a style of nights we took a step in the supreme path.”

Patty Mills became in FIBA Patty Mode. He continued his historical 3-point shooting with yet any other stellar sharpshooting demonstrate of 23 aspects on 8-of-12 shooting overall and 7-of-10 from deep in 33 minutes.

“Patty became astonishing for us tonight and has been so worthy for us this 300 and sixty five days,” stated Steve Nash on Mills. “His spirit is astonishing. His IQ and skills are astonishing as properly, and correct the shot-making is the lead. He does so many issues for us that roughly ties your complete explain together.”

The feeble guard has now drilled seven or more threes in a recreation for the third time this season — Mills hit seven or more threes in a recreation simplest three cases in his first 12 seasons mixed. For the season, he’s drilled threes at a 50.4 percent charge and throughout Joe Harris’ absences, he’s at 54.5 percent. No more effort about finding heat apparel. He’s sizzling enough, notorious the owner…

“Settling in, I obtain. I don’t tell there’s the rest more to it than that,” stated Mills on his red-sizzling shooting from 3-point differ. “Figuring out what’s valuable from me: staying ready, being ready, and sparkling the ball goes to reach assist flying at me at some point soon. I obtain staying aggressive with an aggressive mindset on the pause of the day will aloof down Kevin and James. That doesn’t correct lunge for me. That goes for all americans down the line.”

Brooklyn completed with five gamers in double-figures. Kevin Durant scored 21 aspects, handed out eight assists and grabbed four rebounds in 37 minutes followed by James Harden with 20 aspects, 11 assists and seven rebounds in 36 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge, who started for the major time this season, completed with 17 aspects and 9 boards in 29.

Cam Thomas had yet any other good recreation off the bench with 13 aspects on 4-of-11 shooting from the self-discipline, to lunge along with three rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes off the bench. He became 0-of-6 from deep. DeAndre’ Bembry had yet any other strong defensive recreation with 10 rebounds, three steals and a block to lunge along with 9 aspects in 26 minutes.

“One explain about Cam although is he got the final green light and confidence. I’ve viewed it in just a few guys that truly lunge available and secure it. It’s spectacular,” stated James Harden on Thomas. “He works his butt off. He goes down to the G League, comes assist up, and is incredibly professional.”

The Nets hot offense completed the blowout shooting 50.6 percent from the self-discipline and 40.0 percent from deep. Absolute best a 76.7 percent designate from the line avoided Brooklyn from going 50/40/90.

“I conception our protection became strong and I conception getting out and playing early; these are the two issues we truly been attempting to originate on,” stated Nash. “What we requested them to secure defensively, they performed from the commence and that enables us to secure out and play in an open ground. Played with tempo and admire I withhold announcing, play in a protection that’s in transition, no longer position and having a stare upon us. Those are doubtlessly the very most attention-grabbing takeaways.”

Brooklyn went with Aldridge on the 5 to pair with Harden, Mills, Durant and DeAndre’ Bembry to commence off the contest. Nash establish an emphasis on his gamers starting the sport on a sturdy display and his gamers delivered in the assist of the play of Mills, who drilled three 3-pointers in the outlet four minutes of play to give Brooklyn an early 12-5 profit.

“We correct want to undercover agent at various issues. I obtain it picked up our tempo. LA isn’t necessarily the quickest guy on the ground however we performed with tempo and performed with concepts,” added Nash. “We weren’t stagnant, we moved the ball and I conception we defended properly.”

The Celtics mounted a comeback with out Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown on the ground. Boston became inspiring with their passes and the cutters capitalized on the pockets of dwelling opened by the Nets switching protection to exquisite the deficit to 24-18 with 2: 34 final. The Nets ended the major period with a seven-point lead (29-22), led by Durant with 10 aspects in 12 minutes, followed by Mills with 9 aspects. Thomas equipped a runt spark with four aspects in seven minutes off the bench.

The offense caught fireplace early from in the assist of the arc in the 2d. Brooklyn forged an 11-3 flee in the outlet two minutes to originate their profit to 40-25. Boston replied with a runt 7-2 flee to reduce assist the deficit to 9 however that became the closest the Celtics got in the physique.

On protection, Boston merely couldn’t collect an reply to shrink the ground, ensuing in the Nets getting open looks and capitalizing. Thomas served as a catalyst in the physique. He heated up on both ends, scoring four aspects and pinning a shot on the defensive pause, ending the half of with eight aspects off the bench.

Durant and Mills led Brooklyn with 12 aspects every on the rupture (62-49) while Harden recorded a mute seven aspects, five assists and one board in 18 minutes. Total, the Nets shot 48.8 percent from the self-discipline and 57.1 percent from three-point differ. Exterior of their strong shooting, Brooklyn dished 16 assists on their 20 made footage and out-rebounded Boston, 23-22.

Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

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It became the Brooklyn Manner in the third powered by dominance.

The Celtics rapidly figured out themselves in a bigger gap in the outlet minutes of the third, trailing by 21 aspects after an 11-3 flee from Brooklyn, in conjunction with a layer of frustration over the no-calls continued to brew. The footage continued to tumble consistently as Brooklyn pushed their spacing and Boston did no longer shrink the ground on offense and the Nets protection restricted the Celtics ball circulate. The Nets ballooned their lead to 29 with five minutes final in the physique and when the quarter buzzer sounded, Brooklyn held a commanding 97-76 profit with five gamers in double-figures — Aldridge (17), Mills (17), Durant (16), Harden (15) and Thomas (11).

And then the script flipped and the Celtics intensity rose. Boston came storming assist, forging a 17-0 flee (carried from the third) to exquisite the extensive deficit to 14 aspects with 9 minutes final, ensuing in Nash subbing Durant assist into the ball recreation. The Celtics continued to loiter around, slicing the Nets lead to 13 with 5: 28 left however that became as shut as they came in the pause.

Brooklyn did no longer plug once throughout the contest. The Nets now possess won four straight, seven of their final eight and 12 of their final 14. They are 8-2 on the motorway, the franchise’s finest file in their first 10 motorway games of a season in franchise historical past. It’s a ways on the full basically the most motorway wins in the NBA this season.

Marcus Tidy led the Celtics with 20 aspects in 36 minutes followed by Jayson Tatum with 15 aspects on 4-of-16 shooting from the self-discipline and 1-of-9 from three in 30 minutes. Total, the Nets held the Celtics duo of Jaylen Brown and Tatum to 12-of-31 shooting.

“We got assist and got organized. Defensively, we were in correct assist positions and we were physical,” stated Nash on keeping on the Celtics to uncomfortable shooting percentages. “It shows the important characteristics of our protection, especially in the major half of.”

With the defeat, Boston falls to 10-9 on the season. The loss ended their finest stretch of the young season, a 3-recreation winning race.

Milestone Search

Along with his first basket of the sport, Kevin Durant moved into the discontinuance 25 of NBA scoring. Durant (24,369 aspects) moved past Allen Iverson (24,368 aspects). Subsequent up? Ray Allen (24,505).

“It manner the world. I devoted my life to this recreation at an early age, so I watched all of these guys and I’m admire passing up [on the list]. I valuable to be admire them and be in the NBA admire that and effect an influence in the league admire them, so Iverson became a pantheon for me,” stated Durant on passing Iverson on the league’s all-time scoring list.

“One among these guys I emulated at any time when I went outside to play with my company. It’s all surreal. I pictured I might maybe well presumably be in the league and an knowing, however to secure it’s a ways sparkling particular.”

Clara Wu Tsai talks about community

In the major of a two-phase interview with YES Network’s Michael Grady, Nets co-owner Clara Wu Tsai spoke essentially about her life and the way she and husband Joe are hoping to assist toughen the Brooklyn community. She described her position with Nets as “companions” with her husband. “We complement that relationship,” she stated, noting the two of them met on blind date in Recent York.

As properly as to talking regarding the Brooklyn Social Justice Fund, financed with a $50 million grant from the Joe and Clara Wu Tsai, the Kansas native talked regarding the genesis of the latest part of artwork on the Barclays Heart plaza. Wu Tsai stated the point of “We Belong Here/You Belong Here” neon sculptures is to “commemorate” the demonstrations that took effect after George Floyd execute, phase of “rising the society and community.”

Here’s the stout interview…

The 2d phase of the interview will air within YES’ Nets pre-recreation demonstrate this Saturday (7: 00 p.m. ET).

What’s next

The Nets will host the Suns on Saturday, November 27 at Barclays Heart. The recreation is scheduled to tip at 7: 30 p.m. ET.

“We can continue to originate on this. We return dwelling and got the Suns. We all understand how they’ve been playing,” stated James Harden. “It’s going to be yet any other extensive test for us and we correct got to continue to secure properly, continue to withhold rising, collect issues that work, collect issues that don’t work on both ends and withhold pushing.”

For a decided perspective, verify out CelticsBlog — our sister region covering the Celtics.

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