Nets vs. Celtics score: Jayson Tatum, Boston sink Brooklyn on last play with buzzer-beating layup, take Game 1

In arguably the most intriguing first-round series of the NBA playoffs, the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics clashed on Sunday in a Game 1 matchup between two legitimate title contenders. After a wild back-and-forth contest, the Celtics prevailed -- thanks to an incredible layup by Jayson Tatum as time expired for a 115-114 win. 

Brooklyn tried to rally from a 15-point deficit but fell short. Kyrie Irving, facing his former team, scores a game-high 39 points and Kevin Durant provided 23 in the loss. Tatum led Boston with 31 points, including the game-sealing layup. Teammates Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Al Horford combined for 63 points in the win.

Recap all the highlights throughout Sunday's Game 1 action between the Celtics and Nets below.  

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Jayson Tatum: 31 points, 9-18 FG, 3-7 3PT, 10-12 FT, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 5 turnovers
Jaylen Brown: 23 points, 9-19 FG, 1-4 3PT, 4-6 FT, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers
Marcus Smart: 20 points, 8-17 FG, , 4-9 3PT, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals


Kyrie Irving: 39 points, 12-20 FG, 6-10 3PT, 9-9 FT, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers
Kevin Durant: 23 points, 9-24 FG, 1-5 3PT, 4-5 FT, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 6 turnovers

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FINAL SCORE: Celtics 115, Nets 114


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I'll take 7 games between these two teams. 

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One of the craziest endings to a game that you'll see. Absolutely insane. 

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The Nets won the fourth quarter 29-19 but it was not quite enough

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Crazy game, crazy finish

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Jeeeez

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And then Marcus Smart turned down a spot-up 3 to find Tatum cutting to the basket for the win

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Incredible last defensive possession for Boston, waaaay too much dribbling from Kyrie led to a desperation shot from Durant

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Yep, Tatum's spinning layup at the buzzer will win it. Wow

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The Nets were in a total scramble there

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I'm pretty sure that will count

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