5 takeaways after an outstanding Celtics-Nets Game 1 in Boston

Jayson Tatum strutted into the tunnel at TD Garden, raising both arms elatedly as adoring fans belted shrieks of joy celebrating his cutting layup at the buzzer of Boston’s 115-114 win over Brooklyn.

One woman held a white poster board with a message scribbled in green that said: “In Tatum We Trust”.

Tatum showed exactly why on that final play in front of the sellout crowd of 19,156, closing out a sequence that perfectly illustrated the level of teamwork the Celtics

That play leads off our five takeaways as we try to catch our breath in anticipation of Wednesday’s Game 2 at TD Garden:

All but one player (Daniel Theis) in Boston’s starting lineup — which combined for 98 points by the way — scored at least 20 points, led by Tatum, who poured in a team-high 31 points (9-18 FGs).

If you re-watch his game-winner, you’ll notice every player on the floor for the Celtics touched the ball during that sequence: First, Tatum contested a Kevin Durant 3-point attempt, 

Horford found Derrick White on the outlet pass, and as the guard crossed halfcourt, he fired to Jaylen Brown. 

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