The Boston Celtics did not need one, but two big races to put the Pacers 99 to 91 on Wednesday night.
After being 82-70 at the start of the fourth quarter, Boston scored 16-0, holding the goal-less Pacers for nearly eight minutes to take control of match 2 at home.
Or so they thought. Indiana fought back to take the lead – 91-89 on a 3-pointer Bojan Bogdanovic – with 2:16 left.
The Pacers would never score again.
Instead, the Celtics managed their second push of the match, finishing with a 10-0 run to crown the 99-91 win and take a 2-0 lead. Jayson Tatum, who finished with 26 points, did everything at the last minute, scoring the starting hat-trick with 50 seconds to play, giving Gordon Hayward a bucket and ending it with a thunderclap and a goal to seal the victory .
"It was an incredible pass (Jaylen Brown) and I managed to knock it off," Tatum said of the 3-pointer. "Gordon (Hayward) did an excellent cut. We were all on the same page towards the end. We had good games, shared the ball and stopped. "
Kyrie Irving, who missed the playoffs last season due to knee problems, was huge all night for Boston, finishing with 37 points and seven assists, and then reflected on his chances of playing big games in the second round. TD Garden.
& # 39; & # 39; It was just a long trip, & # 39; & # 39; said Irving, who was 6-in-10 from the beyond. & # 39; & # 39; Having had these two knee surgeries and watched over the team last year to finally have a chance to retain them for the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs, this is nothing like this . & # 39;
Stat of the night
The Celtics are 37-1 when they lead 2-0 in a best-of-seven series. The Pacers are 0-6 when they trail 2-0.
Big brother's performance
The Bucks give the impression that it's easy so far against the Pistons, and nobody does it better than Giannis Antetokounmpo.
First, Giannis welcomed the former teammate and "little brother" Thon Maker – 7-foot-1 with a wingspan of 7 feet 3 inches – with a slam reserved for a few players.
Then, with the Pistons trailing in the fourth quarter, Giannis made it to the other end, sending Maker's shot to the front row.
A few minutes later, Giannis finished his breakaway against three Pistons by making a right-handed turn, sliding around André Drummond for the U-turn and 1, igniting the crowd and proving why he is one of the best candidates for the title. Kia.
Antetokounmpo finished the night with 26 points, 12 rebounds and saluted the match. Bucks' 120-99 win gives them a 2-0 lead as the series move to Detroit.
Shimmy Shimmy Nah
James Harden burned a lot of Utah jazz on Wednesday night, but it was a lack that made the Internet vibrate.
After sending Ricky Rubio flying with a crossover, Harden was so open that he had time to hurt himself in the shoulder before settling for the very open 3-pointer, which he did not have. he then … missed.
Million dollar move …
– Shaqtin's a fool (@shaqtin) April 18, 2019
If this shot falls, we are talking about one of the most iconic movements of all time. Instead, he could end up on Shaqtin 'a crazy one.
Apart from this missing opportunity, Harden and the Rockets were unstoppable in the second game.
Harden finished with 32 points, scoring 6 goals for 13 points beyond the arc, hitting bank shots in the back while being stained, coming back and backing back. It was a masterful performance and the Jazz does not seem to have an answer to the Houston attack.
Even when Harden did not beat the score of 3, he hired his teammates, finishing with 10 assists and 13 rebounds for the triple doubles in the match 2 win between 118-98 of the Rockets.
It was Harden's second triple-double in the playoffs, which placed him in an elite company.
Players with multiple triple-doubles in the playoffs of 30 points