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It was a relatively close first quarter, but in the end, Jayson Tatum outscored his Brooklyn Nets rival 18-16, as did all five who were on the court Wednesday night. In that case, it was a shame for Brooklyn that Tatum has teammates.

Throw in Tatum over the rest of the Celtics roster, and Brooklyn was completely blown away. After 12 minutes of play, the Celtics led the Nets 46-16. It was the largest first quarter lead in Celtics history and the second worst quarter the Nets have ever played, and you’d be surprised to hear that things didn’t go so well after that. The final was a humiliating 139-96.

Despite their huge lead, the Celtics managed to win each of the four quarters. No net scored more than Kyrie Irving’s 20 points. Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined for 57 in 61 minutes on the court.

Their combined performance created a little more history. Both of Boston’s top stars scored at least 25 points, the 27th time this season they’ve done so, marking the first time teammates have done so multiple times since the All-Star break. ESPN stats and info.

The win is the latest in a growing trend between Boston and Brooklyn. The Nets haven’t beaten the Celtics since November 24, 2021. Including the playoffs, the Celtics have now beaten the Nets 10 times in a row. All three of Boston’s wins this season have been by double digits. Kevin Durant could be out for this one, but losing by 43 is ugly no matter who you put on the floor.


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