Jayson Tatum has arguably been one of the most consistent performers for Boston Celtics this season. While the team are currently languishing in the middle of the table with a mediocre record, Tatum has been dropping staggering numbers.
The forward scripted history during the Celtics’ thrilling overtime win against Minnesota Timberwolves. With 53 points in the bag, Tatum became the youngest ever player in Celtics’ elaborate history to have a 50-point-game.
The 23-year-old also became the first player since the legendary Larry Bird to post 53 points in a game for the Celtics.
Tatum finished with 53 points on 16-of-25 shooting (6-of-10 from deep) with 10 rebounds and four assists at the TD Garden.
His performances have been nothing short of sensational this season with his numbers reflecting the same. He has been averaging 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season so far.
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“To score 50 is a big thing in this league and especially at this age, It’ll be a night I always remember, and we got the win on top of that — a big win.
“Every win right now is big.” Tatum said following the hard fought win
Celtics had to force a staggering 14-2 run in the final two and a half minutes to force overtime against the Timberwolves.
While trailing 14 points in the first quarter, the side fought back hard to drag the game into overtime where they outscored their opponents 21-12 to claim their second win in a row and jump up to the seventh spot.
Zach LaVine also shines alongwith Jayson Tatum with 50-point display
Jayson Tatum was not the only youngster in the league to have dropped in a 50-point display.
26-year-old Zach LaVine posted 50-points during Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Atalanta Hawks at the State Farm Arena.
The player registered almost half of the team’s points as they slumped to a 120-108 defeat following Trae Young’s 42-point effort.
The Bulls blew away a 13-point half time lead, a half where LaVine had registered 39 points.
“I just got in a rhythm. My 3s started falling and then I can get to the midrange and get to the hoop. I was trying to get to the free throw line late in the second quarter because I was so damn tired. Trying to get a little bit of a break.” LaVine said following the end of the game.