Jayson Tatum first Celtics rookie to score 20-plus points in four straight playoff games since Larry Bird
For the Boston Celtics during their 108-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, rookie small forward Jayson Tatum became the first Celtics first-year player since the legendary Larry Bird to score at least 20 points in four straight playoff games.
The official NBA on ESPN Twitter account made a graphic for Tatum’s feat on Thursday night following the victory, which put the Celtics up 2-0 in the series over the Sixers.
Jayson Tatum's last 4 games:
21 pts pic.twitter.com/bPFJqC16kk
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 4, 2018
That’s some pretty darn good company to include one’s self with a Naismith Pro Basketball Hall of Fame member like Bird, to say the least.
Tatum continued his outstanding 2017-18 rookie campaign on Thursday night against the Sixers with a team-high 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting, two assists, two rebounds, one block, and one steal in 33 minutes of action.
“We’ve had a lot of comebacks this season, so we weren’t playing that well and we understood that. We know we could come back and it was a long game to go, so we just had to figure it out,” Tatum said during his postgame press conference.
This was a huge come-from-behind win for Boston, who trailed Philly by as many as 22 points in the second quarter. After they were down 48-26 with just over six minutes to go in the first half, the Celtics went on a 25-8 run to enter halftime only trailing by five points.
As for Tatum’s rookie counterpart in Sixers point guard Ben Simmons, the Celtics’ defense was able to hold Philly’s star to just one point on 0-of-4 shooting from the field.