The Boston Celtics opened up to full capacity just in time for the local fans to scoff and swear — and more terrible — at Kyrie Irving every time he touched the ball.
It might have been their last possibility.
Irving had 39 points and 11 rebounds to quiet the first post-pandemic full house at the TD Garden, and Kevin Durant scored 42 points to give the Brooklyn Nets a 141-126 victory over Boston on Sunday night and a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff arrangement.
Afterward, as Irving walked off the court he was almost hit by a bottle thrown from the stands. Irving and Nets watch Tyler Johnson turned to the stands and pointed; police surrounded a man in a Kevin Garnett pullover before leading him out in handcuffs.
“Fans have got to grow up at some point,” Durant said. “I know that being in the house for a year and a half with the pandemic has a lot of people on edge, has a lot of people stressed out. But when you go to these games you’ve got to realize: These men are human. We’re not animals. We’re not in the circus.
“You going to the game isn’t about you as a fan. So have some respect for the game. Have some respect for the human beings. And have some respect for yourself. Your mother wouldn’t be proud of you throwing water bottles at basketball players, or spitting on players or tossing popcorn. So grow the (expletive) up and appreciate the game,” he said. “It’s bigger than you.”
The incident mirrored others where a Philadelphia fan threw popcorn at Wizards star Russell Westbrook and one in New York spit at Atlanta’s Trae Young. Both have been banned from their respective arenas.
A spokeswoman for the TD Garden said Boston Police arrested one person Sunday night “for throwing an object.”
“We have zero tolerance for violations of our guest code of conduct,” spokeswoman Tricia McCorkle said. “And the guest is subject to a lifetime ban from TD Garden.”
But Irving said he didn’t think banning or in any event, arresting raucous fans would be enough to solve the problem, ascribing it to “underlying racism and treating people like they’re in a human zoo.”
“People feel very entitled out here,” said Irving, who played for the Celtics from 2017-19 and said last week he experienced racism during his time around there.
“As a Black man playing in the NBA, dealing with a lot of this stuff, it’s fairly difficult. No one can tell what’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s just unacceptable for that stuff to be happening. But we proceed onward.”
“One bad seed doesn’t imply that the entire fruit is poisoned,” Celtics monitor Marcus Smart said. “Our fans have been great. We just had a knucklehead accomplish something knucklehead-ish and it got taken care of, so we’re happy for that.”
James Harden added 23 points and a career postseason-high 18 assists for Brooklyn. Game 5 is in New York on Tuesday night, when the Nets will try to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the first time since 2014.
The 104 points scored by Durant, Irving and Harden tied a NBA playoff record for three teammates set by Boston’s John Havlicek, Jo White and Dave Cowens in 1973 and matched in 1986 by Dominique Wilkins, Randy Whitman and Spud Webb.
Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said he wasn’t surprised Irving bounced back after scoring 16 points on 6-for-17 shooting in the Game 3 loss on Friday.
“It’s Kyrie Irving. He didn’t have a great game last time out. My money’s on him any time after a performance he had,” Nash said. “I loved his will, to take some of this adversity and have a great game.”
Jayson Tatum scored 40 points for the Celtics, following up his 50-point effort in a Game 3 victory. But with Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker out with injuries, Tatum couldn’t save the season on his own.
Smart had 16 points and nine assists for the Celtics, who reached the Eastern Conference finals in three of the previous four seasons.
After dropping the first two games in Brooklyn, the Celtics were hoping their home crowd would help them make a progression of it. Tatum delivered one win in front of a quarter-capacity crowd on Friday, before the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted as of Saturday.
Here’s who won gold medals at the Olympics on Tuesday
It was a day to remember in the track and field events, with Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah completing a historic sprint double-double and Norway’s Karsten Warholm smashing the 400m hurdles world record on his way to gold. 26 gold medals in all were won Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics. Here are the latest winners who are taking home gold:
Men’s Parallel Bars: Zou Jingyuan, China
Women’s Balance Beam: Guan Chenchen, China
Men’s Horizontal Bar: Daiki Hashimoto, Japan
Track and Field:
Women’s Long Jump: Malaika Mihambo, Germany
Men’s 400m Hurdles: Karsten Warholm, Norway
Men’s Pole Vault: Armand Duplantis, Sweden
Women’s Hammer Throw: Anita Wlodarczyk, Poland
Women’s 800 meters: Athing Mu, United States
Women’s 200 meters: Elaine Thompson-Herah, Jamaica
Women’s Feather: Sena Irie, Japan
Men’s Welter: Roniel Iglesias, Cuba
Women’s Kayak Single 200m: Lisa Carrington, New Zealand
Men’s Canoe Double 1000m: Cuba
Men’s Kayak Single 1000m: Balint Kopasz, Hungary
Women’s Kayak Double 500m: New Zealand
Women’s Team Pursuit: Germany
Men’s Team Sprint: Netherlands
Men’s 3 meter Springboard: Xie Siyi, China
Women’s Skiff-49er FX: Brazil
Men’s Skiff-49er: Great Britain
Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight): Giles Scott, Great Britain
Mixed Multihull-Nacra 17 Foiling: Italy
Men’s 109kg: Akbar Djuraev, Uzbekistan
Men’s Greco-Roman 77kg: Tamas Lorincz, Hungary
Men’s Greco-Roman 97kg : Musa Evloev, Russian Olympic Committee
Women’s Freestyle 68kg: Tamyra Mensah Stock, United States
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Karsten Warholm smashes world record to win the men’s 400 meters hurdles
History was made on the track Tuesday morning in the men’s 400 meters hurdles final.
Norway’s Karsten Warholm took gold, establishing a worldwide best of 45.94 and breaking the 46-second imprint for the first run through.
American silver medalist Rai Benjamin pushed Warholm as far as possible, clocking in at 46.17 — effectively inside the previous world record of 46.70, set by the Norwegian on July 1. Before that, the 400 meters hurdles world record hadn’t been broken since 1992.
As per NBC, three of the four quickest occasions ever in the event were run in the Tokyo final.
Simone Biles is required to partake in the present equilibrium bar final
Group USA athlete Simone Biles will partake in Tuesday’s equilibrium bar final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, USA Gymnastics has affirmed.
Biles — considered probably the greatest acrobat ever — participated in the Olympic gymnastic capabilities on July 25 and afterward in the US’ vault pivot in the women’s group final on July 27 before withdrawing from cutthroat activity, citing mental health concerns.
A tweet from USA Gymnastics on Monday read: “We are so eager to affirm that you will see two U.S. competitors yet to be determined bar final tomorrow — Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can hardly wait to watch you both!”
The 24-year-old Biles, who won a silver award as part of the US group’s second spot finish in the group final, then, at that point withdrew from four individual finals at the Tokyo Games — the overall individual contest, the vault, the lopsided bars and floor.
Biles won four golds in the 2016 Rio Olympics and Tuesday’s equilibrium pillar will be her last chance to contend at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Poland awards humanitarian visa to Belarusian runner Kristina Timanovskaya
Belarusian runner Kristina Timanovskaya received a humanitarian visa from Poland on Monday, hours after she refused to load onto a trip out of Japan saying she was being forced to return to her local country without wanting to and that she feared arrest.
He later revealed to Reuters that the 24-year-old Olympic competitor was anticipating traveling to Poland before long. “As indicated by her decision, that is the thing that our emissary heard in Tokyo, she’s intending to come to Poland in days to come to be here in Warsaw. What’s more, on the off chance that she might want… she is free to seek after her wearing career in Poland,” Przydacz said.
Prior Monday, Reuters reported that Timanovskaya had been seen entering the Polish embassy.
Timanovskaya was set to contend in the women’s 200 meters at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday however said representatives of the Belarus public group attempted to forcibly send her back to her home nation after she scrutinized public wearing experts for entering her into the 4×400 meter relay without her assent.
Group officials went to the Olympic Village on Sunday evening and requested that she “pack her assets as a decision had been made for her to return to Minsk,” said Anatol Kotau, of the Belarus Sports Solidarity Foundation, which represents competitors repressed by Belarusian specialists, and who is in direct contact with Timanovskaya.
The Belarus Embassy in Tokyo said in a statement on Monday that Belarusian diplomats showed up at the air terminal on Sunday to “explain the conditions” and provide “possible consular and legitimate help if important,” yet couldn’t acquire any information about Timanovskaya from Japanese representatives. The statement added that the competitor has not been in touch with the embassy.
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Sunday saw 26 gold medals awarded at the Tokyo Olympics
Italy took home two gold medals in a thrilling day of track and field, with Gianmarco Tamberi winning in men’s high jump and Lamont Marcell Jacobs edging out the competition to earn the country’s first ever men’s 100m crown.
Here is a full list of the gold medal winners from Sunday:
Men’s Floor Exercise: Artem Dolgopyat, Israel
Women’s Vault: Rebeca Andrade, Brazil
Men’s Pommel Horse: Max Whitlock, Great Britain
Women’s Uneven Bars: Nina Derwael, Belgium
Women’s Shot Put: Gong Lijiao, China
Men’s High Jump: Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi, Italy
Women’s Triple Jump: Yulimar Rojas, Venezuela
Men’s 100m: Lamont Marcell Jacobs, Italy
Women’s Singles: Chen Yufei, China
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Women’s Park: Charlotte Worthington, Great Britain
Men’s Park: Logan Martin, Australia
Women’s 3m Springboard: Shi Tingmao, China
Men’s Foil Team: France
Men’s Individual Stroke Play: Xander Schauffele, United States
Men’s One Person Dinghy-Laser: Matt Wearn, Australia
Women’s One Person Dinghy-Laser Radial: Anne-Marie Rindom, Denmark
Men’s 50m Freestyle: Caeleb Dressel, United States
Women’s 50m Freestyle: Emma McKeon, Australia
Men’s 1500m Freestyle: Robert Finke, United States
Women’s 4 X 100m Medley Relay: Australia
Men’s 4 X 100m Medley Relay: United States
Women’s Doubles: Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic
Men’s Singles: Alexander Zverev, Germany
Mixed Doubles: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/Andrey Rublev, Russian Olympic Committee
Women’s 76kg: Neisi Patricia Dajomes Barrera, Ecuador
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