Twitter Reacts to James Harden and Brooklyn Nets Winning First Round Series Over Celtics

Published 06/01/2021, 10:34 PM EDT
Jun 1, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Evan Fournier (94) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) during the first quarter of game five of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets met the Celtics in Barclays Center to close out the series, building on their 3-1 lead. The Nets showed a slow start, but they came back soaring after a James Harden layup, a Kyrie Irving dunk, and a Kevin Durant block (on #26 Aaron Nesmith) in the initial minutes. 

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It was a wholesome treat to watch James Harden utilizing his offensive vision to create plays and help the score tick. Although Jayson Tatum used his impressive footwork to match the Nets, Ky’s handles proved way too good for a turnaround. As a result, the Nets took the game 123-109.

James Harden ruled the night with sheer dominance 

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James Harden was very much in touch with his former self tonight. The man beat the double-team of Romeo Langford and Tristan Thompson to score a dunk that set him for the night. Later, a scuffle between Marcus Smart and The Beard intensified the game as Boston showed a fightback. But it was nothing that could stop the former Rockets player who led the game in all the departments. The 31-YO scored a 34-point triple-double with two steals and as many blocks in his 39 minutes of game-winning performance. 

Twitter went crazy with the Nets’ crushing the Celtics and responded heavily with some witty reactions. Take a look:

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Where did the Celtics lag against the Brooklyn Nets?

For one, Jaylen Brown had a sluggish start with 0/5 from the three-point line and further worsened it with a 1/10 night. Plus, Jayson Tatum, their only dependable weapon, showed some issues with his leg in Q2 and perhaps that kept his movement restricted. But impressively enough, he dealt with Kyrie Irving’s defense quite well until halftime.

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Jun 1, 2021; Jayson Tatum against Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jabari Parker and Romeo Langford were the only two names that helped the Celtics’ cause and very much kept them in the game until Q4. But they seemed to have no answers for the dynamic offense of the Nets.

The Brooklyn-based team desperately wanted to win it tonight so they don’t have to unnecessarily stretch this controversy-rich series. That’s what they did and now eye a round 2 clash against the Bucks.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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