By Lenn Robbins
On a team with superstars Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, an Above Average Joe stole the show.
While the entire NBA world – especially the Celtics – were focused on trying to stop the most potent Big Three in the game, it was Joe Harris who put on the most impressive show in this playoff series between Brooklyn and Boston. With the Nets up three in the first quarter, Harris went on an 11-0 run by knocking down three 3’s and a jumper as Brooklyn opened an overwhelming lead and was never threatened in a 130-108 blowout.
Harris had a playoff career-high 22 points – by halftime. He was 8-of-11 from the field and 6-of-8 from behind the arc. He finished with 25 points and hit seven 3’s, tying the Nets playoff record.
Who needs Durant, Harden and Irving to have outstanding games when Harris is crushing it as he did Tuesday night in Barclays Center?
This was not an anomaly and Harris is no Average Joe when it comes to outside shooting. He won the Three-Point Shooting contest at the NBA All-Star weekend in 2019 beating out Steph Curry who’s considered the best three-point shooter in history. Harris is second in the league in three-point shooting, knocking down 47.3-perceent (213-of-450).
The Nets led 16-13 when Harris gave the Celtics no hope. His 11-0 run made it 27-13 and the Nets led 71-47 at halftime. Durant finished as the Nets leading scorer with 26 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
Boston, already playing without Jaylen Brown, who is done for the season with a torn wrist ligament, needs to get a superstar performance every night from Jayson Tatum. He was held to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting. Kemba Walker of the Bronx had 17 points and seven assists.
With all that talent on the court it was Above Average Joe Harris who turned in a superstar performance. The Nets lead the series 2-0 which continues Friday in Boston.