Jason Tatum signed this Sunday the best performance in history in a seventh playoff game and, with 51 points, destroyed the Philadelphia 76ers from 112-88. Thus, the Boston Celtics have completed the comeback and will meet on Wednesday with the Miami Heat in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Only two weeks lasted the record Stephen Curry, who scored 50 points in the first-round decider against the Sacramento Kings. After forcing Game 7 with 16 points scored in the fourth quarter of the previous game in Philadelphia, Tatum capped off a monumental performance at the TD Garden to extend the path of some Celtics looking for the eighteenth title of their history.
Tatum retired with three minutes left in the fourth quarter on a slow Garden touchdown, which saw the Celtics repeat the feat seen in last year’s Eastern semifinals. In that case, they won their last two games against the Milwaukee Bucks this Sunday, he shattered the 76ers and MVP Joel Embiid’s dreams of glory.
The #0 Celtics is back to mentioning the Celtics with Heat of Jimmy Butlerwith which they staged a battle decided last season in the seventh game and that sent Boston to the Finals, eventually losing to the Golden State Warriors.
Two quarters of endurance for the 76ers
The 76ers lasted two quarters, which they led by eight points in the first period after a 10-2 run at Tucker’s pacesparked off the arc with a three-for-four in triples that gifted the men’s Doc Rivers a six-point margin at 29-23 after the first horn.
Tatum was already showing clear signs of his form and scored eleven points in the first period for the Celtics, after failing to make a field goal in the first twelve minutes of the previous three games of the series.
He already had 25 points in the second quarter, but heThe Sixers held the Celtics to a tie with 55 in the second quarter. From then on, the Celtics and Tatum took full control of the duel and delivered a massive blow to the game from which Doc Rivers’ men could not recover.
Because if Tatum showed incredible scoring speed in the first half, the third period was a real recital. In less than six minutes, he sealed thirteen points and led a sensational 28-3 run that allowed the Celtics to rally to a 25-point margin at 83-58.
Tatum broke the 40-point barrier in that span and already had a double-double with ten rebounds, but his performance was compounded by a rocky defense led by Al Horford, which held the 76ers scoreless for more than eight minutes .
With 42 points and five of eight on 3-pointers by Tatum, the Celtics snapped to an 88-60 lead and a visibly sinking Doc Rivers called a timeout in a TD Garden where the party was already on.
Tatum didn’t stop pressing on the accelerator and completed his masterpiece with nine more points to reach 51 with the sixth triple of the day. He went up 102-76 and turned the final minutes of the duel into a formality.
Joe Mazzulla took him off the track with three minutes to play and his star received a huge ovation from his crowd, who asked him to restore glory to the Celtics after fifteen years of waiting.
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