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Brooklyn Nets' Big 3 starts cold, erupts in 2nd half in Game 1 win over Celtics

the Brooklyn Nets
the Boston Celtics
the Houston Rockets
Barclays Center
the Washington Wizards

Kevin Durant
Kyrie Irving
James Harden
Steve Nash
Joe Harris
Blake Griffin
Robert Williams III
Jayson Tatum

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New York City

Game 5
the NBA Finals
Game 2

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The New York Times
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While it took a bit for the show to get going, things eventually started to look like everyone expected them to.Following a sluggish first half that saw Brooklyn go 1-for-13 from 3-point range and trail the Boston Celtics by six at halftime, Durant, Irving and Harden combined to score the first 22 points of the second half for the Nets, powering an 18-4 run to open the third quarter by themselves and lifting Brooklyn to a 104-93 victory on Saturday."I liked the way we fought," said Harden, who had 21 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Despite getting plenty of open looks, Brooklyn went 0-for-9 from 3-point range in the first quarter, part of a 6 for 23 shooting split in the opening 12 minutes that allowed Boston to take a 21-16 lead.Things got worse from there for Brooklyn, as the seventh-seeded Celtics went on an 11-4 run to begin the second quarter to eventually take what would turn out to be Boston's biggest lead, at 32-20, with 9:20 to go in the first half.But rather than panic at that point, Durant said the ensuing timeout that Nets coach Steve Nash called actually allowed the team to settle down and begin to focus on getting back into the game."I know that sounds weird, but we came out of that timeout a little bit more settled and were able to cut the lead to six [at halftime]," Durant said.

As said here by Tim Bontemps