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The Boston Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-112 on Monday at Barclays Center in Game 4 of the first round for a playoff series sweep, and they did so without superstar Jayson Tatum, who missed the end of the last fourth after committing a foul.

It was sweet revenge for the Celtics, who fell to the Nets in the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs in five games.

Despite fouling, Tatum finished with 29 points, three rebounds and five assists. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart helped push Boston to the limit, combining for 42 points in the victory.

Nets star Kevin Durant had his best game of the series, finishing with 39 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and a steal, but his efforts weren’t enough as two of Brooklyn’s starters, Bruce Brown and Andre Drummond, combined for just two. points.

Kyrie Irving, for his part, finished with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Durant and Irving teamed up in Brooklyn for the 2019-20 season in hopes of winning an NBA title. So far, the farthest the Nets have gotten in the playoffs is the second round. It didn’t help that Ben Simmons, who was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for James Harden, didn’t play a minute for the franchise this season, but that’s not why the Nets lost this series.

That said, here’s how social media reacted:


“Every match was tough, but we believed in ourselves.”@jaytatum0 spoke to Inside Crew after completing the sweep against the Brooklyn Nets.

The Celtics will play the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks or Chicago Bulls in the next round. The Bucks lead that series 3-1 with Game 5 scheduled for Wednesday.

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