Jayson Tatum just earned himself another NBA Top Shot moment. The Boston Celtics All-Star was clutch against the Washington Wizards on Sunday as he dropped 31 points with six of them coming in the game’s last minute. Tatum took matters into his own hands and mustered every ounce of energy left to make sure the C’s weren’t going to lose to the Wizards twice in two weeks.
After the game, Tatum revealed what Celtics coach Brad Stevens told him in the closing moments of the heated affair (via Chris Forsberg of NBCS Boston).
“Brad (Stevens) told me to go post-up and (go) mid-post area and make a play. It was winning time. We told each other, we gotta dig deep, do whatever it takes to figure it out.”
"It was winning time. We told each other, we gotta dig deep, do whatever it takes to figure it out."
Jayson Tatum on his late-game heroics, finding energy at the finish line of Sunday's game, and a redemption dunk. pic.twitter.com/Pjr4ENBwKd
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) March 1, 2021
To say that Tatum came up clutch is an understatement after the 22-year-old forward almost single-handedly won this one for Beantown, 111-110. He went on a mini-run in the final stretch with the game hanging in the balance and the Celtics still missing Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart due to injuries.
Behind another incredible performance from Bradley Beal who ended up with 46 points, the Wizards had a relatively safe lead with under a minute left to play. Unfortunately for them, one minute was one minute too long, especially with a guy like Tatum on the other side.
With his team down by five points with under 50 seconds left to play, Jayson Tatum didn’t panic. He made sure he got high percentage buckets and drove to the basket three straight times to bring the Celtics up by a point with under five seconds to go. The icing on the cake was him taking on Beal in the game’s final possession and ultimately forcing him to a sideline heave which missed as the final buzzer sounded.