“Possibly I’m talking for myself, however the crowd form of simply threw me off slightly bit,” Harden stated. “It was fairly loud in there. The vibe was what we’ve been lacking.”
The Nets missed their first 10 3-pointers and trailed by as many as 12 factors within the first half.
“They undoubtedly gave us a bonus, and it was bizarre,” Durant stated of enjoying once more in entrance of a giant crowd. “We haven’t seen all of them season. And there was 1,500 there the final couple months of the season, however to see individuals on the entrance row after which see extra within the higher and decrease bowl, it was fairly cool. And I’m fairly certain they loved the win, however we need to play higher for them as nicely.”
Durant, Irving and Harden ignited within the third quarter, offering the Nets with their first 22 factors of the second half, whereas erasing a 6-point halftime deficit.
Importantly, the Nets restricted Boston to 40 second-half factors.
“Possibly we simply rushed,” Nash stated. “We have been slightly impatient to start out the sport. I’d most likely say the reality is someplace within the center — slightly bit that they haven’t performed a lot collectively, slightly bit that it was an thrilling night for everybody to stroll within the health club to see that many individuals, and our followers have been excellent.”
Durant ended with 32 factors and 12 rebounds. Each have been sport highs.
“It’s at all times nice enjoying on this time of yr,” Durant stated. “That depth is the following stage; it’s completely different than what’s within the common season. It felt nice to be again on the market among the many greatest groups and gamers within the league and searching ahead to Recreation 2.”
Irving scored 29 factors. Harden added 21 factors, 9 rebounds and eight assists.
“It undoubtedly felt completely different in comparison with what a lot of the season felt like, going to completely different arenas,” Irving stated. “However coming again house and welcoming a number of our followers house, you could possibly really feel the anticipation for a top quality basketball sport on the market.”