After an incredible game in Boston, the Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 114-115 with Jayson Tatum’s game-winning buzzer-beater layup.
Kyrie Irving went off for 39 points against his former team and had some back-and-forth with the Celtics fans, but ultimately, the Nets fell to Boston.
NBA Twitter went wild during Game 1 of what seems to be a spectacular first-round series.
I can’t get over Marcus Smart having the restraint to not shoot with 3.5 left. Patient play to pump fake, drawing two defenders. Jayson Tatum had the spin finish also great awareness to have such an timely cut to give Smart a target. Beautiful basketball. pic.twitter.com/TOufyXjMc7
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) April 17, 2022
Game 1 of the Brooklyn vs. Boston series was so exciting I can only imagine what the next 6 games will look like! The game came down to a layup by Jayson Tatum who finished with 31 points.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 17, 2022
I think Boston should keep Tatum and Brown …
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 17, 2022
kyrie doing all of this without any food or water in his system is something i cannot even begin to comprehend
— Molly Morrison (@mollyhannahm) April 17, 2022
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Nets waste an all-time 4th quarter by Kyrie, giving up TWO late no-defense LAYUPS to lose it by one at the buzzer. They lived by Kyrie's offense, died by his (lack of) defense.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 17, 2022
That was the first game-winning buzzer beater in the playoffs at home in Celtics history.
This was the 358th home game in Celtics playoff history.
For a storied franchise that’s seen almost everything you can imagine, that was a first.
— Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) April 17, 2022
And there’s the difference in the Celtics team. Last year Marcus Smart would’ve taken that shot. Ime got him to buy in and be the Marcus smart everyone loved out of Ok State. BEAUTIFUL! Looking like a true PG again! That’s what made Him special!
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) April 17, 2022
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 17, 2022
Celtics earned that W!!! That game felt like the damn NBA Finals. Carry the hell on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) April 17, 2022
Young God-rie is so damn good at basketball man!!! INSANE SKILL!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 17, 2022
Potentially 6 more games of this…? Epic
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) April 17, 2022
In a series that could very easily go 7, losing a game like that is an absolute killer.
Nets played well. Kyrie Irving played brilliantly. Kevin Durant needs to be better.
— Billy Reinhardt (@BillyReinhardt) April 17, 2022
Worst half of basketball I think I’ve watched Kevin Durant play
— Cody Mallory (@RealCodyMallory) April 17, 2022
Nash isn’t concerned about KD’s struggles in Game 1. “Kevin’s Kevin Durant for a reason. He figures things out on his own very, very well.”
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) April 17, 2022