It was all on the line for the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
The team knew that if they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6, the season was over.
They weren’t ready to let that happen.
Specifically, Jayson Tatum wasn’t ready to let that happen.
Most points in a playoff game in Celtics history:
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Tatum scored 46 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in Game 6, helping secure the victory and force a Game 7.
His 46 points now rank among the best in Celtics history.
He now sits second in most playoff points in Celtics history.
Only Sam Jones has more with 47 points.
Does this mean Tatum is now one of the greatest Celtics in history?
Jason Tatum has never had a bad season with the Celtics.
His first season was his weakest, with 13.9 points, 5 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
From there it just went up and up and up.
This season, the forward has averaged 26.9 points, 8 rebounds and 4.4 assists – all career highs.
Over the past few weeks, Tatum has come to life even more as his team makes it through the playoffs.
He stepped it up averaging 28.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
Tatum also improved his leadership skills and played with intensity and drive in every game.
To say that Tatum played a major role in the team’s playoff success is a huge understatement.
But he will have to continue his good work as the Celtics are once again facing a playoff game.
Whoever wins Game 7 will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat.
Game 6 was a massive elimination game, but Game 7 will be even bigger.
You can expect lots of fireworks on Sunday.