Boston conquers Brooklyn and extends its impressive dominance over the Nets

New York (USA), 12 Jan. The Boston Celtics took the match between the two best teams in the Eastern Conference this Thursday by adding their ninth consecutive victory against the Brooklyn Nets without the injured Kevin Durant (98-109).

Counting regular season and playoff games, the Nets have lost their last nine games against the Celtics, who they haven’t beaten since November 2021.

The New York team (27-14) arrived this Thursday launched with only one defeat in their last fifteen games, but finally succumbed to some Celtics who have taken their measure, who chained their fifth win in a row and who remain the team with the best league balance (31-12).

Without Durant, who will be out for at least two weeks with a knee injury, Kyrie Irving had 24 points and 6 assists and Ben Simmons had 13 assists and 9 rebounds but didn’t score a single point.

In the Celtics, who did not have Jaylen Brown (due to groin problems that could leave him out for several games) and the Dominican Al Horford (due to rest), the best were Jayson Tatum (20 points and 11 rebounds) and Marcus Smart (16 rebounds). points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists).

The Nets found Joe Harris as their starting scorer, who added 10 points in a perfect first quarter (4 of 4 shooting).

However, Brooklyn’s offensive key piece was Simmons, excellent with 7 assists in that initial period alone for his team to take the lead (31-29).

Simmons got as high as 10 assists (no turnovers) before the break, with some flashes of quality like a lovely fast-break pass to the basket from an active TJ Warren, and Irving and Seth Curry called for passage in the second quarter for the Nets. with 9 points per head.

However, the party moved on very narrow margins.

Thus, the Celtics went to the locker room with an advantage (57-60) after a solid 5-15 run in the final minutes.

Tatum and Derrick White stood out in the first half for the visitors with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

The equality continued in the resumption.

It seemed that the Nets managed to get away by pulling defense and counterattack, but the Celtics, with two consecutive triples from Brogdon in the final stretch, reached the last period leading the score (82-84).

In a matchup with a strong collective effort from both teams, Boston’s second unit stepped up the accelerator at the key moment and Brogdon and Payton Pritchard put together their biggest lead so far (84-92 with 9.43 left). .

The Nets were disconnected at the worst moment (they went more than four minutes without scoring), the Celtics surpassed the crucial barrier of 10 points in such a balanced duel and Tatum stopped any attempt to comeback from Brooklyn at the end. EFE



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