Jayson Tatum joined a legend within the Celtics’ report e-book Friday evening.
The fourth-year professional tied Larry Bird’s franchise single-game scoring report with 60 factors in Boston’s 143-140 extra time victory over the Spurs. Tatum matched the 60 that Bird scored on March 12, 1985, in opposition to the Hawks.
According to NBA.com, Tatum is the second-youngest participant to attain 60 in a recreation, behind solely Devin Booker (20 years, 145 days on March 24, 2017, vs. the Celtics).
Tatum shot 20 for 37 from the ground (5 for 7 from 3-point distance) and 15 for 17 from the free throw line as he led Boston again from a 32-point first-half deficit. He put up 21 factors within the fourth quarter and 10 extra in OT. Two of his largest buckets put the Celtics up within the closing seconds of regulation and extra time, respectively.
A take a look at these two baskets, plus reactions by Tatum and others to his efficiency:
Tatum hit a 3-pointer with 38.0 seconds remaining in regulation to place the Celtics forward 127-126. It was their first lead since 5-4 within the first quarter. The bucket gave him 49 factors.
He later made certainly one of two free throws to place Boston up by two. The miss opened the door for San Antonio’s DeMar DeRozan to tie the sport by making two free throws with 10.8 seconds left. Tatum then missed a possible game-winner on the finish of regulation.
In extra time, he gave the Celtics a 136-135 lead on a fadeaway jumper with 51.8 seconds to play.
Jaylen Brown’s 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds to play gave the Celts the lead for good. Tatum sealed the victory and tied Bird’s mark by going 4 of 4 from the road.
What was mentioned
“I imply, clearly, anytime you are talked about with a top-10 participant of all time … clearly that may be a good factor. It’s one thing I by no means, I feel, would have imagined at this age. I simply come out right here and play the sport that I like and attempt to play at a excessive stage. Once you type of sit again after the sport or simply take into consideration what it means in your identify to be up there, it is simply us two, and all of the gamers that got here earlier than you who placed on this uniform. I imply, sure, it is a massive deal and I’m for certain grateful for the place that I’m in. It’s onerous to place into phrases, nevertheless it’s a surreal feeling.”
“He did precisely what an important participant is meant to do. He was environment friendly, led us, hit well timed pictures, massive baskets, actual big-boy basketball.” Brown additionally mentioned the 23-year-old Tatum “is destined for greatness.”
“He was wonderful. You may see all of it evening. Thank goodness he was there within the first (quarter) or else it could have been 30-something to nothing, as a result of I feel it was 31- or 33-12 (finally 37-12) and he had all 12.”