Tatum’s 50 points restore Celtics pride and playoff

Jayson Tatum had one of those special nights and scored 50 points to re-engage the Boston Celtics in the tie against the Brooklyn Nets with a 125-119 victory at TD Garden. For the 23-year-old star, magic nights are becoming very common: this year he has added 50 points in the regular season, in the play-in tournament and now in the playoffs.

It is the first time in history that a player has scored 50 goals in the three phases of the season, and Tatum is the third youngest player to reach 50 points during the postseason., a few days behind Michael Jordan and a couple of months later that Rick barry.

In a game full of emotions, with Kyrie Irving returning to the Boston Pavilion For the first time loaded with fans since his escape in 2019, Tatum regained local pride with a blazing display and restored the excitement in the tie by adding to Kevin Durant the shot that left the game seen for sentencing and 2-1 in the first round series.

Tatum’s feast, which added 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and a block to his collection, served for go up a handicap that amounted to 15 points in the early stages of the game in favor of the Nets.

James Harden, author of 41 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists, led Brooklyn with a series of 7 of 12 in triples, Y Durant did not fall short with 39 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals (4-9 3P).

Irving, booed on every possession for the Boston fans, stayed at 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in a poor 6 of 17 in field goals and a 2 of 6 in triples. “It’s basketball, if there’s nothing else behind it, that’s fine with me”, valued the controversial star of the Nets after the meeting on the attitude of the public, which has behaved worse in other halls.

At halftime, Tatum’s 21 points recovered Boston from a bad start to the game in which they received a 4-19 from the Nets. The locals were leading by 61-57 and in the third quarter they were expanding the advantage thanks to a good game of other pieces hidden until now.

Marcus Smart, with 23 points and 6 assists, was key in the future of the meeting. So were Tristan Thompson, with 19 points and 13 rebounds, Y Evan fournier, which added 17 points.

The Celtics came with a 96-84 lead in the fourth quarter and they came to dominate by 16 points at the equator of the same. Harden and Durant then collaborated to trim the distance to 5 points with a minute to go, but then Tatum appeared once more, which dealt the final blow to KD’s face.

With his great match, Tatum once again inscribes his name among the royalty of the TD Garden. His touchdown is the fourth largest in playoff history for the Celtics, a club that includes John Havlicek, Isaiah Thomas, Ray Allen, Sam Jones, Bob Cousy and now himself.

Heading into Sunday night’s game, the TD Garden stands will be almost full because Massachusetts authorities will lift most of the restrictions for the public on Saturday.

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