For one quarter, the Celtics’ dream lived.

But when the dream fell apart, it shattered into shards of invincible Nets offense, a 141-126 Boston loss and an ugly scene inside TD Garden. After Kyrie Irving combined with Kevin Durant and James Harden to put on a rare shooting showcase, a Celtics fan launched a water bottle at Irving as he walked off the court.

“It’s unfortunate that sports has come to a lot of this kind of crossroads where we’re seeing a lot of old ways come up,” Irving said. “It’s been that way in history in terms of entertainers, performers and sports for a very long time, just underlying racism and treating people like they’re in a human zoo. You know, throwing stuff at people, saying things.



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