Winds of change surround Nets in blowout win at Celtics – The Athletic

BOSTON — Kevin Durant stood on the court in Tokyo with a gold medal around his neck and a phone in his hand. As he broadcasted the summer Olympics medal ceremony to more than 12 million Instagram followers worldwide, Patty Mills, then his newly signed teammate, joined him. The two Nets looked at Ime Udoka, an assistant for Team USA who had recently left the Nets to coach the Celtics. Thus began the friendly trash-talk.

“There’s gonna be problems for them Boston Celtics this year,” Durant bellowed at Udoka. “I’m telling you.”

“We know how to lock Patty’s ass up,” Udoka countered as he looked into Durant’s phone.

Apparently not.

Mills put on a shooting clinic Wednesday night, scoring 23 points with seven 3s in the Nets’ 123-104 blowout of the Celtics. Durant scored 21 to pass Allen Iverson for 25th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, but his supporting cast stole the show. LaMarcus Aldridge started in place of Blake Griffin, who was held out altogether. Cam Thomas continued his coming out party. And the Nets did something few visiting teams have done: They silenced the crowd at TD Garden.

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