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Jayson Tatum etches name in Celtics history with 53-point game

Celtics, Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum took care of business for the Boston Celtics on Friday night. The 23-year-old torched the Minnesota Timberwolves for a career-high 53 points en route to becoming the youngest Celtics player to ever log a 50-piece.

It was undeniably a memorable night for Tatum, who went absolutely berserk against the Wolves:

Tatum finished the game with 53 points on 16-f-25 shooting and 15-of-16 from the charity stripe. This came along with six triples, 10 rebounds, four dimes and a block in 41 minutes of play.

More importantly, though, Boston was able to hold off the Timberwolves to escape with a win in the TD Garden. D’Angelo Russell came up huge for Minnesota, banking in a late triple to force the game to overtime. Tatum and Co. held their ground in the extra period, however, as they marked their fourth win in their last five games.

Boston gets Saturday off but will return to action on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. That’s going to be a tough test for the Celtics, as they take on MVP frontrunner Nikola Jokic and his Nuggets, who are currently one of the best teams in the West.

Jayson Tatum is clearly coming off a scorching hot performance against the Wolves, so he will hope to carry that momentum as they embark on a three-game road trip. After the Nuggets, the Celtics face off against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday before closing out their road stand in a marquee matchup against arch-rivals and defending champs, the Los Angeles Lakers.