NBA playoffs 2022: LeBron, Kevin Love and more react to Brooklyn Nets-Boston Celtics Game 1 thriller

ByTory Barron ESPN logo
Monday, April 18, 2022

We'll take more of that, please.The 2022 NBA playoffshave been off to a strong start, and Game 1 of the first-round playoff series between theBrooklyn NetsandBoston Celticswas no exception. The 115-114 Boston win had plenty of excitement thanks in large part to the heroics ofJayson TatumandKyrie Irving.

Tatum (31 points) sealed the win for the Celtics when he caught a pass fromMarcus Smart, spun around and dropped in a layup just before time expired. The win marks Tatum'sfourth straight 30-point game in the playoffs dating back to last postseason. The 24-year-old tiesLarry Bird in 1987 for the longest such streak in Celtics history.

On the Nets side of the equation, Irving put on a show. He scored 39 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter.Kevin Durantadded 23 points but shot just 9-of-24 as Boston's defense applied pressure, making things challenging on the Brooklyn star.

The matchup -- which was tied with less than two minutes left to play -- had the league talking.

LeBron James,Draymond Green,Kevin Loveand more NBA stars turned to Twitter fingers to react to Kyrie's skills, Tatum's buzzer-beater and the possibility of six more games just like this one:

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