The Celtics’ recent winning streak came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday night. Shooting just 37.4 percent as a team, Boston couldn’t keep pace with Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets, who won at TD Garden by a 123-104 final.
Durant passed Allen Iverson to move into 25th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list during the game, but his 21 points didn’t lead the team. Patty Mills led all scorers with 23, while James Harden added 20 and LaMarcus Aldridge netted 17.
Marcus Smart was the lone offensive bright spot on an otherwise down shooting night for the Celtics. Smart led the team with 20 points and eight assists. Jayson Tatum, meanwhile, could only muster 15 points and shot just 4-for-16 from the floor.
Jaylen Brown was no better, scoring just 13 on 5-for-15 shooting. Tatum and Brown combined to go 1-for-17 from three-point range on the night.
The Celtics will look to rebound on the day after Thanksgiving, when they have a road date with the San Antonio Spurs.