In Friday night’s Duke Brotherhood Playoff action, Atlanta beat New York 105-94, The Clippers struck back against Dallas winning 118-108, and Boston took out Brooklyn 125-109 behind a spectacular game from Jayson Tatum.
Tatum shot 16-30 overall, 5-11 on threes and 13-15 from the line to rack up 50 points.
Kyrie Irving hit 6-17 and 2-6 for Brooklyn. He also hit 2-2 from the line to finish with 16.
We’d guess Larry Bird has most of the team’s playoff scoring records but 50 points is pretty incredible for anyone. And down 0-2 in the playoffs? Wow.
In New York, RJ Barrett is having a tough series against Atlanta and was held to seven points and hit just 2-9 and 1-5 from three point range.
The good news is he’s just 20 and he’ll learn from this series. That and it’s not over: Game 4 is on Sunday and redemption is possible.
Finally, in Dallas the Clippers finally broke through, winning 118-108 although Luka Doncic scored 44 points and just missed a massive triple double with nine boards and assists.
Former Blue Devil Luke Kennard was on the winning team but didn't enter the game.
On Saturday, Austin Rivers and the Nuggets get Portland and Harry Giles, Seth Curry and the Sixers get the Washington Wizards while Memphis, featuring Grayson Allen, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow, get another crack at Quin Snyder’s Utah Jazz.
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