Game 1 between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics was a tale of two halves as the Celtics won the first half by six points before the Nets found their groove on the offensive end and wound up winning the second half by 17 points to come away with a 104-93 victory at Barclays Center. Unfortunately for the Celtics, things have been much less competitive on Tuesday night as the Nets got out to an early lead and have not looked back. After three quarters of play, Brooklyn has dominated Boston on both ends of the floor.
Despite the double-digit win, the Nets’ offense looked out of sync for the majority of the first half against the Celtics in Game 1. Obviously, in the end, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden got rolling and Brooklyn came away with the win but if the Nets move deeper into the postseason, they will not want to be routinely digging themselves out of halftime deficits. For Boston, other players will need to step up to take some of the pressure off of Tatum on the offensive end so that the Nets’ defense can not key in on him whenever the Celtics have possession of the basketball.
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