Celtics’ Jayson Tatum matches LeBron James with impressive playoff record in Game 3
What do Jayson Tatum of the Celtics and LeBron James of the Lakers now have in common?
They are the only two players in NBA history who have scored at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in four games in the postseason before turning 23.
This feat was accomplished by Tatum tonight in the Boston Celtics 117-106 win over the Miami Heat to get their first win in the Eastern Conference Finals after the Heat won the first two. In the game Tatum had 25 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
Tatum has been one of the many young rising stars who have joined the league in recent years. Since being drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft Tatum has impressed the rest of the league. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2018 and had his best season this past year, being voted to the Eastern Conference team for the 2020 All-Star Game. In the 2019-2020 season he averaged 23.4 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game, all career highs.
The Celtics look to use the momentum from their win in Game 3 to propel them back into the Eastern Conference Finals and to give them a chance to potentially play the other half of this milestone, LeBron James, and his Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. The Celtics got to the ECF by first sweeping the Philadelphia 76ers then beating the Toronto Raptors in seven games. The Lakers are currently up 1-0 on the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.
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