The No. 2 Boston Celtics beat the No. 7 Brooklyn Nets, 109-103, taking a 3-0 lead in the first round.
The Celtics were led by another outstanding performance in the fourth quarter on Saturday night at Barclays Center.
Boston’s Jayson Tatum scored 14 of his game-high 39 points in the final quarter.
Meanwhile, the Celtics have kept the Brooklyn stars in check, holding Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to just 16 points apiece. Bruce Brown led the way for the Nets with a team-high 26 points in the loss.
After the first quarter, Boston led 30-25. In the second quarter, the Nets beat the Celtics 25-23, which cut the halftime deficit to three points, 53-50.
Brooklyn cut the Celtics’ lead to four at 88-84 with just under eight minutes left after trailing by nine early in the quarter.
Boston responded with an 8-0 run to regain a double-digit lead. Brooklyn desperately tried to get back into the game late in the quarter, but Boston held on for the six-point victory.
The Celtics await the series sweep Monday at 7:00 p.m. on TNT.
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