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Jayson Tatum reveals whether he called ‘bank’ or ‘game’ for game-winner vs. Bucks

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After Jayson Tatum knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer over Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wednesday, Boston Celtics icon Paul Piece immediately tweeted that Tatum “didn’t call bank I called game.” Afterwards, many started wondering, did Tatum get lucky? Or did he really aim for the backboard?

In the post-game presser, Tatum broke down the play, remaining humble despite knocking the game-winner over the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.

“At the time, it was just try to make the right play,” Tatum said after the win, per Matthew Geagan of CBS Boston.

“I ain’t try to,” he laughed. “But the angle that I had and knowing how tall [Giannis] is… I tried to get some separation and get some arc on it.

“Once I let it go I knew it would hit the backboard, but I wouldn’t say I tried,” he echoed.

Peep Tatum’s superb 3-pointer below over Antetokounmpo’s outstretched arms. Though Tatum unleashed his dreaded sidestep jumper, Giannis was still able to contest the shot. But Tatum’s offense was simply better on that possession.

The Bucks still had 0.4 seconds left. Antetokounmpo was fouled in the drawn-up alley-oop play and headed to the free-throw line. However, the two-time NBA MVP failed to knock the second free-throw down, effectively giving the Celtics a one-point victory.

Pierce’s tweet after Tatum’s game-winner, was of course, in reference to himself.

During his stint with the Washington Wizards, Pierce hit a similar shot. After the game, he was asked if he intentionally tried to go glass. And Pierce responded in the most savage way possible.