The Boston Celtics are fighting for the East’s top spot with just a few games to go, thanks in large part to the superstar contributions from Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
The Celtics duo led the charge in an all-important win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, coming away with the 128-123 victory. Their two-headed attack not only secured the result they wanted, but they also made a bit of Celtics history in the process, matching a feat last done by Larry Bird and Danny Ainge nearly 35 years ago.
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are the first Celtics teammates with 30 Pts & 5 Ast in the same game since Larry Bird and Danny Ainge in Game 2 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
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Jayson Tatum tallied 31 points, six rebounds, and six assists while Jaylen Brown poured in 32 points to go along with three rebounds and seven assists.
Having two dynamic offensive threats like Tatum and Brown has been a boon for a Celtics side that’s largely hinged their identity on the defensive end. Given the fact that the chatter on breaking up their tandem has been so loud over the past couple of seasons, to see them find success while still together should bring a smile to any loyal Celtics fan.