Jayson Tatum, former Duke star, leads Boston Celtics past 76ers with 51-point Game 7 outing
Jayson Tatum showed up and showed out Sunday afternoon when it mattered most.
Tatum, who is regarded by most as a top 5 player in the NBA, led Boston past the Philadelphia 76ers 112-88 with a 51-point performance, the most points in a Game 7 by any player in NBA history. His final line was 51 points on 17-28 shooting with 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 0 turnovers. That final stat is important, because it means Tatum also became the first player in NBA Playoff history with a 50 point game and zero turnovers.
In other words, Tatum wants that ring.
Something else crazy? Tatum eclipsed the 50 mark with 7 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. Were this a closer game, Tatum might have dropped 60.
JAYSON TATUM HAS 51 POINTS 😱
THE MOST EVER IN A GAME 7. HISTORY.
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— NBA (@NBA) May 14, 2023
Next up for Boston is an old foe. The Celtics will face off against the Heat for a spot in the NBA Finals, the 3rd time since 2020 with that matchup.
The winner will face the winner of the Western Conference finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets.
But let’s be real. There’s not a team on the planet beating Boston if Tatum continues to produce like this. Is this the season for Tatum to win his first ring?