CELTICS 115 – NETS 114
For the Brooklyn Nets, this is one that is going to eat at them for a while, and one that they need to get over as soon as possible. With the Nets clinging to a 114-113 lead Jayson Tatum snuck underneath the Nets zone defense for the game-winning driving layup at the buzzer to send Boston to a dizzying 115-114 victory in Game on of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
JAYSON TATUM SPINS TO THE WIN AND HITS THE #TissotBuzzerBeater TO LIFT THE @CELTICS TO THE 1-0 SERIES LEAD #ThisIsYourTime pic.twitter.com/gJfZolPV8i— NBA (@NBA) April 17, 2022
The Nets trailed by 11-points heading into the fourth quarter, before staging a heroic comeback with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant nocking down big shots. Irving who led the Nets with 39 points, hit two huge three-pointers, and a two-point shot to bring the Nets to within one-point, 98-97 with 9:04 to go. Exactly one minute later, Kevin Durant drilled a three-pointer to put the Nets back in front for the first time since the first half, 100-98.
The Nets would lead by as many as five points when Irving hit on a 27-foot jumper to take a 107-102 lead with five minutes to go. Boston stormed back on three different occasions to tie the game before Irving gave the Nets the lead with 45.9 seconds to go. Boston’s Jaylen Brown hit the driving layup, and Tatum hit the game winner after Durant couldn’t sink a 28-foot three ball.
However all the attention was on Kyrie Irving who was ejected from the game for giving the middle finger to fans. He was later seen yelling at someone near the locker room in.
Kyrie double middle fingers. 💀— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 17, 2022
I was doing my best to only remember the good times in Boston with Kyrie Irving on the Celtics, but then he gave the crowd the middle finger after doing this ⬇️ at half time. I’m going to try to wipe these new incidents from my memory. pic.twitter.com/5T2Vwc56oK— Dan Kelley (@DanKelley66) April 17, 2022
Irving later shared his thoughts in an expletive laced postgame, stating that he is used to the antics in Boston. “I am going to have the same energy for them.”
"You know what's going to happen in Game 2? They're going to be talking more smack."@SHAQ & Chuck weigh in on Kyrie Irving's postgame comments & exchanges with Celtics fans. pic.twitter.com/llmSvuBK4y— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 18, 2022