The Boston Celtics won game five of the NBA Finals on Monday night to clinch the NBA championship. Boston was dominant all season long. They were far and away the best team in the regular season, and no one came close to eliminating to them in the postseason. The Celtics won 16 games in the playoffs and they lost just three. None of their series went past five games. Jayson Tatum helped lead the way for Boston, and his former college team, Duke basketball, is proud of him.

Jayson Tatum was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the third pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and he has been a star in the NBA for his entire career. Before his NBA days, Tatum played for the Duke basketball team in college. He was a star there as well, and the Blue Devils were thrilled to see him win a ring.

“6th player in NBA history to win title while leading team in PTS + REB + AST,” Duke basketball said in a tweet. “Most playoff points EVER by a player age 26 or younger. 1st Celtics player EVER with 30 pts / 10 ast in NBA Finals game. A1 dad.”

Jayson Tatum has done it all for the Celtics in the playoffs, and all season. Everyone has incredibly high expectations for him, and rightfully so. He faced some criticism this postseason when he wasn't perfect, but as you can see from those stats, he put up some impressive performances.

Tatum didn't get off to a great start in the NBA Finals as he had quiet games in games one or two, but he showed up in the final three contests. By the time the end of game five rolled around, Tatum was the betting favorite to win Finals MVP. The award ended up going to Jaylen Brown, who did deserve it. Both players ended up having good series and did a good job leading their team to a championship.

Jayson Tatum had a big season

 Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates in the locker room after winning the 2024 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks at TD Garden.
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The Duke basketball team has a lot of reasons to be proud of Jayson Tatum. He had a great season, and it ended with an NBA championship. Tatum ended up averaging 26.9 PPG on the year, and he also averaged 8.1 RPG and 4.9 APG. He shot 47.1% from the field and 37.6% from deep.

Tatum did a good job of bouncing back in games three, four and five after sluggish performances in games one and two of the NBA Finals. He was a combined 12-38 for 34 points in the first two games of the series, but he played well after that. He combined for 77 points in the final three games on 26/60 shooting. He was much better in those final three games, and it helped the Celtics cruise to a championship.

This is a season that Celtics fans won't forget as it was about as dominant as they come. Now, the focus is shifting to next season, and Boston is already the preseason favorite to win it all again. They will once again have a loaded roster, and after seeing how dominant they were this year, it wouldn't be surpassing at all if they did it again in 2025.