The Boston Celtics have been one of the NBA's best teams all season and are among the title favorites. No matter how the season ends, the Celtics and their supporters will not remember Friday.
Boston led the first quarter 37-15. Jaylen Brown's layup put the Celtics up 51-23 with 7:23 left in the second quarter. Things changed.
The Nets controlled the quarter but trailed 64-55 at halftime. Brooklyn kept coming back. 89-84, Nets after three quarters. Won 115-105.
The Celtics' radio play-by-play guy, Sean Grande, highlighted the stunning reversal.
Given the length of the NBA season, every club will have some strange games. It was extreme.
Before Friday's game, the Celtics had defeated the Nets 10 straight times. Boston won the last matchup by 43 points and averaged 14.7 points in those games. Brooklyn entered Friday on a four-game losing streak, averaging 21 points per game.
Until Friday, the Celtics had won four of five games despite their recent inconsistency. Given that and the 28-point advantage, Boston should not have lost this game. Twitter criticized the Celtics' performance.