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Celtics star Jayson Tatum reacts to Jaylen Brown giving up freebie to feed his record night

Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Celtics

Everything isn’t perfect for Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics. They are 27-26 on the season, thanks to an edge-of-your-seat 145-136 overtime win on Friday night at the Garden against the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves.

But in the struggle came some magic.

With 18 seconds left in regulation, Brown ignored an easy score for himself and instead opted for a behind-the-back assist to a trailing Tatum—who feasted for the dunk and a 124-121 advantage.

It’s not the only time Tatum went totalitarian on a trip to the basket, either. He finished with 53 points on 16-for-25 from the floor, 6-for-10 from the arc and 15-for-16 from the charity stripe, all while adding 10 rebounds, four assists and just five turnovers in 41 minutes.

Tatum later told Boston media that the toss from Brown simply “showed growth” in all of the Celtics, as a team.

“That was big. Everybody recognized how special that was of him, knowing the night I was having…That shows the growth of all of us that in the moment while we’re trying to win the game, someone has it going…we enjoy each other’s success,” the Celtics star shared, per Jared Weiss of The Athletic.

The Celtics are trying to muster something for the stretch run to the 2021 NBA playoff, having been just 8-9 since the All-Star Break. However, they sit just one game behind the No. 4-seeded Charlotte Hornets (27-24) and only 5.5 games back of the No. 3-seeded Milwaukee Bucks.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are clearly two critical offensive and defensive pieces that have to keep it going for Boston while guys like Kemba Walker (health), newest acquisition Evan Fournier (health) and Marcus Smart (health) all get back into game shape.

It remains to be seen if the Beantown team can string wins together, but they are certainly trending in the right direction.