Jayson Tatum dropped 51 points, the most in a Game 7 in NBA history, to carry the Boston Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals over the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston Celtics One game after missing 14 of his first 15 shots only to awaken in the fourth quarter, Tatum got off to the needed.
He scored 25 in the back-and-forth first half and 17 more in Boston’s 33-10 third quarter that turned a three-point lead into a runaway.
Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics celebrates a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at TD Garden on May 14, 2023, in Boston. Tatum added 13 rebounds and Jaylen Brown scored 25 points for the Celtics, who rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the best-of-seven series to keep alive their hopes for an unprecedented 18th NBA championship. Tatum was subbed out of the game with three minutes left to a standing ovation from the crowd, which soon broke out in a”Beat the Heat!” chant.
NBA MVP Joel Embiid Tatum started 0 for 6 in a Game 5 loss and missed 14 of his first 15 shots overall from the floor in Game 6 before erupting for four 3-pointers in the final 4:14 to force the decisive seventh game. headtopics.com
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