Jayson Tatum makes history with record LeBron James, Kobe Bryant failed to achieve
Jayson Tatum made a bit of history on Friday following yet another impressive performance for the Boston Celtics. The Celtics rallied in the 2nd half as they defeated the Miami Heat, 121-108, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Tatum put up a game-high 31 points on 8-of-22 shooting, to go along with 10 rebounds, six assists, and a steal in 43 minutes of play. By doing so, the 22-year-old achieved a statistical feat that not even LeBron James or Kobe Bryant were able to attain:
Jayson Tatum is the only player in NBA history with 5 career postseason games with 25+ pts, 10+ ast & 5+ ast before turning 23 pic.twitter.com/P3Yrozmp0q
— Max Lederman (@Max_Lederman) September 26, 2020
LeBron and Kobe are not the only huge names on the above list, with Kareem-Adbul Jabbar and Magic Johnson also on there. Those are four all-time greats, and to be mentioned in the same breath with this group is an ultimate honor for Tatum. Needless to say, the Celtics star is doing some great things as a youngster in the league.
Tatum did most of his damage on Friday during a pivotal third period for the C’s. Boston was down seven points at halftime, but went on a huge surge in the third period, outscoring their opponents 41-25 in the quarter. Tatum led the way for his team, scoring 17 points in the third frame.
Thanks to Tatum’s heroics, Boston will now live to fight another day. They have successfully forced a Game 6 in the series, which is scheduled for Sunday. Tatum and the rest of the C’s will need to mimic their Game 5 performance, as they hope to stave off elimination for a second consecutive game.
This series is anything but over.