Jayson Tatum falls one point shy of tying fantastic National Basketball Association playoff record

May 29, 2018, 03:21
Jayson Tatum falls one point shy of tying fantastic National Basketball Association playoff record

James is averaging 41.3 minutes per game in the postseason, and played all 48 minutes of the team's 87-79 Game 7 win Sunday night.

Jayson Tatum paced the Celtic attack with 24 points as Boston suffered their only loss in 11 playoff home games. The Cleveland Cavaliers faced elimination during the Game 7 performance and were sadly without their all-star forward, Kevin Love, who was forced to sit out of the game with a concussion.

It wasn't until the second half that his supporting cast came to life and the Cavaliers were able to wrestle control back from the Celtics in the low-scoring contest. "[If] we take the same focus and execute the game plan like we should I have all the confidence in the world in this team". Statistically, this wasn't even James' best game of the series, but he did it in a hostile environment, in a do-or-die game, without taking any breaks, against a team that was trying to "make him exert as much energy as humanly possible", in the words of Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

Tatum didn't get the follow back then, and he still doesn't have it - James only follows 181 people, and the only rookie appears to be the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons, who is represented by the same agent as James.

Game 7 is in Houston Monday night. I mean, it's hard to put into words because you always dreamed of going to The Finals, and now that dream of mine is there.

Jeff Green had 19 points and eight rebounds, J.R. Smith scored 12 points and Tristan Thompson had 10 with nine boards for the Cavaliers.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden left and forward Trevor Ariza sit on the bench during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland Calif. Saturday

"This whole year he led by example", Lue said.

The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March. "That's the fun part", Stevens said.

But the present still belongs to James. Tatum had just two games where he didn't hit the double-digit mark in points and finished up the postseason with 351 total points. When Rozier went up for the lay-in, James blocked it off the backboard and right to Green. After the victory, LeBron James and his teammates acknowledged their opponents and the difficulty of winning a series decider at the TD Garden.

After Terry Rozier stole a pass from James, the Celtics point guard raced up the court and, despite having a three-on-one situation, attempted to dunk on the Cavs superstar. That's the second-highest total in league history, falling just one point shy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 352 points in 1970 (though the the-Lew Alcindor did it in just 10 games). Rapper 21 Savage was also at the game.

As for rookie star Jayson Tatum, it was a tough ending to his first season in the National Basketball Association.

Boston wound up shooting 34.1 percent from the floor, including 17.9 percent from 3-point range (7 of 39).