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Celtics star Jayson Tatum channels inner Paul Pierce for new record in win over LeBron, Lakers

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Celtics star Jayson Tatum channels his inner Paul Pierce to garner a new record in Boston’s win over LeBron James and the Lakers.

Despite LeBron’s first game back from his injury, Tatum was able to shine in today’s marquee matchup, scoring 37 points, grabbing 11 rebounds while snatching three steals in a 130-108 win over the Lakers.

Tatum’s 37-point outing marks his 14th 35-point game, tying Celtics legend Paul Pierce for the most in franchise history before turning 24, which is truly impressive for Jayson’s young career.

The Celtics bagged a convincing win over their rivals without the services of Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams, serving as a good sign for a struggling team. Dennis Schroder stepped up with 21 points, six rebounds, and six assists, while Marcus Smart poured in 22 markers to aid the team’s high-scoring trend in this matchup.

However, fans of the Celtics have dealt with the inconsistent performances of their team, specifically Tatum himself, sparking numerous trade rumors and talks criticizing the team’s coaching.

Although the Lakers have been up-and-down this season, their roster still boasts talented individuals, namely, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook—all present during today’s game.

Indeed, a win of this magnitude is an example of Boston’s capability to match up with the league’s top teams. The question is, can they maintain the same type of competitiveness throughout the entire season?

Above all, will the Celtics run with this roster all the way? Or, will they make moves before the trade deadline?