Tatum gives Boston Celtics win as Kyrie Irving gesture sparks controversy

Jayson Tatum scored on the buzzer to give the Boston Celtics a 115-114 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in their opening NBA play-off game.

Tatum scored 31 points as the Eastern Conference second seeds held off a fourth-quarter comeback by the Nets.

 

The Celtics lead 1-0 in the best-of-seven first-round series.

Kyrie Irving, who hit 39 points for the Nets against his former team, raised his middle finger to the Boston crowd during the third quarter.

 

Following his acrimonious departure from the Celtics in 2019, Irving has had a tense relationship with their fans, who booed him throughout the game.

 

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