The stars were not always shining bright in Game 2 between Brooklyn and Boston.
The Nets’ Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant and the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum didn’t have their best offensive games.
But Brown and Tatum had just enough shine and just enough help from their teammates to extract a 114-107 victory in another competitive, high-intensity game that seems more like a conference finals matchup rather than a 2-7 first-round series.
Brown off shook his offensive struggles through three quarters and scored 10 points in the fourth as the Celtics took control, outscoring the Nets 29-17 in the final quarter. Boston, which trailed by 17 in the first half, didn’t take its first lead until 7:49 of the fourth quarter.
Brown finished with 22 points, and Tatum had 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.
The Celtics own a 2-0 series lead, and Game 3 is Saturday (7:30 pm ET, ESPN) in Brooklyn.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Celtics beat Nets in Game 2 to take 2-0 series lead