Celtics star Jayson Tatum speaks out on crazy shotmaking duel with Stephen Curry
With Curry dropping 47 points and Tatum matching with a 44-piece of his own, the two shared a special embrace following their special duel. Tatum was certainly elated with how his night went, and he shared just how much the two stars have mutual respect toward each other. Most importantly, he was just happy that the Celtics notched their sixth win in a row despite missing All-Star guard Jaylen Brown.
Jayson Tatum said he and Stephen Curry shared "mutual respect" for each other after the game.
"Obviously he’s one of the all-time greats. Just to earn his respect and get a win on the same night, it was a good night.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 18, 2021
It’s certainly amazing to see two of the very best go at each other blow for blow.
Jayson Tatum shot 16-of-25 from the field en route to his 40-point explosion for the Celtics, which included five 3-pointers to go along with 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Stephen Curry’s outburst included 11 triples, marking Saturday as the third in four games where he made double-digit 3-pointers.
Curry has been on arguably the hottest stretch of his career entering the blockbuster match-up against the Celtics. The seven-time All-Star notched his 10th straight game with at least 30 points against Boston.
However, Tatum, who is playing elite basketball as of late himself, didn’t back down from the challenge and traded punches with the two-time MVP. He entered Saturday averaging 30.4 points on 51 percent shooting over Boston’s five-game winning streak. That stretch included a night where he scored a career-best 53 points in an overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
With their sixth win in a row, the Celtics have finally tied the Atlanta Hawks for the fourth-seed in the Eastern Conference.