NEW YORK – Kyrie Irving just missed a triple-double despite an awful shooting night, Joe Harris scored 20 points and the Brooklyn Nets regained first place in the Eastern Conference with a 109-104 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
Jayson Tatum had 38 points and 10 rebounds but was doing it mostly alone in the first half, when he had 25 of the Celtics’ 51 points.
Payton Pritchard and Marcus Smart got it going after halftime and each added points, but the Celtics couldn’t overcome 19 turnovers that gave Brooklyn a whopping 32-0 advantage in fast-break points.
Trailing 25-21 after one, the Nets opened the second quarter with a 12-3 spurt and later scored eight straight to open a 55-41 lead. Brooklyn piled up a 17-0 advantage in fast-break points in the first half and threatened to blow it open but couldn’t contain Tatum, whose 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left capped his 16-point quarter and cut it to 60-51 at halftime.