Jason Tatum equals Larry Bird, scoring 60 points
Boston – In the first half break of a Friday night match at TD Garden between the Boston Celtics and the San Antonio Spurs, the only story anyone would have thought could happen is seeing Boston mark the margin of loss.
Instead, the bleak first half paved the way for a remarkable comeback, seeing Boston beat a 32-point deficit, the largest in more than a decade and the third largest in the past 25 years, thanks to Jason. Tatum tied for Larry Bird’s franchise record by 60 points in what eventually became Boston’s 143-140 win.
After being left to die in the first half that saw San Antonio shoot more than 70 percent of the field and enter the first half with a 77-48 lead, Boston is back behind some fiery shots, including a silly 12 percent; 17 out of a 3-point scale.
Much of that damage was inflicted by Tatum, the only player who could have done anything in the first half with the Celtics, scoring half of the team’s points. He also hit a triple-pointer with 26.7 seconds remaining in regulatory time, lifting the Celtics by one lead for the first time since the start of the match.
But after Tatum missed one of the free throws, Dimar DeRozan, Who had his big game, finishing 30 points and 14 assists in 42 minutes, drove to the basket and missed Marcus Smart. He provided free throws, and after Tatum failed, the match went into overtime.
It stayed even rocky Jaylene Brown, Who finished the game with 5 out of 24, buried a triple-pointer 16.7 seconds before extra time and gave Boston a two-point lead that he never lost, thanks to Tatum’s four free throws in the closing stages. 11.3 seconds to the franchise bird draw record.
The performance earned him a game of night ball, which he introduced to his young son, Deuce, as he was off the field and was greeted with a standing ovation by a handful of fans still inside the arena.