The 5 best games in Game 2 between the Celtics and the Nets

From Jaylen Brown coming in big on both ends to a thunderous knockdown from Jayson Tatum, those two knocking down a pair of pivotal threes in the fourth quarter and Marcus Smart delivering the dagger, here are the five best plays of the Celtics’ win over the nets in game 2.

Jaylen Brown is great at both ends

As the Celtics try to draw a game after an offensive rebound from Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown finds himself far from Bruce Brown, the only Net discovered. As a result, he takes on the role of free safety, blitzing Kevin Durant, who turns his back on Brown, leading to the steal, layup and foul on Irving. Brown also tacked on the point at the free throw line, making it an old-school three-point play.

Jaylen Brown picks Kevin Durant’s pocket, Jayson Tatum throws thunderous dunk

It starts with Brown forcing another turnover in Brooklyn. This time, Durant puts the ball in front of him and Brown grabs it. When Brown gets the flight back and looks up the field he sees Tatum sprinting in the middle of the floor, he throws him forward and Tatum delivers a tomahawk jam.

Jaylen Brown extends Boston’s lead with a Deep Three

On the heels of an 11-0 run sparked by a three from Brown created by fine ball movement, Brown came out of an Al Horford screen with Durant waiting for him just over the line. three points. Brown’s methodical movement as he exits the pick causes Durant to back up, preventing Brown from switching gears to head for the basket. Sensing it, Brown gets up for a three at 27 feet and pierces it.

Jayson Tatum cashes in as the clock ticks down

Goran Dragic is in Tatum’s air space, but when the three-time All-Star opens his front leg, bringing the ball in from left to right, Dragic pulls out. He doesn’t immediately pay for the decision, but when Dragic recovers, his hand is down and Tatum gets up for a three which he buries late in the shot clock, giving the home side a 108-96 lead with 2 :07 to play.

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Marcus Smart delivers the dagger

First, Irving almost manages to steal — the Celtics are also lucky Tatum wasn’t called for an offensive foul. Tatum then heads for the cup, but rather than force a shot on Nix Claxton, he sends the ball to Marcus Smart, who catches it at the top of the key with 2.9 seconds left on the shot clock.

Irving’s fence directs Smart towards Bruce Brown, but Irving doesn’t stay low in his stance, and Brown retreats to Jaylen Brown first, allowing Smart to turn the corner and through a hallway to launch a 12 floater feet that tilts to give the Celtics a 110-100 advantage with 1:09 remaining.

Further reading

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