That figure made the 21-year-old Tatum the youngest player with a 40-point game in the history of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, including the postseason. When Tatum didn't go by Davis, he pulled up from behind the arc (Tatum finished 4-for-7 from deep) with a variety of tricky moves off the bounce.
On the other end of the court, Jayson Tatum of the Celtics was incredibly impressive as he scored 41 points and gave the Celtics a chance to win the down the stretch. However, Jayson Tatum was hard to guard as he was able to get to the rim and finish over the Lakers defense.
"They better double team him, I tell you that; he gets it smoking like he did tonight", Brown said. The way he continues to improve is unreal. They just got nailed in transition (25 fast-break points for Boston) and off turnovers (28 points). But to come in here and do what he did to the Lakers?
"It was about who wanted it more", Davis said.
Despite the loss, it was a big night for Tatum. On Sunday, his first shot was a tough floater over Dwight Howard.
Tatum did the bulk of his damage in the middle two quarters. Stevens said that the Lakers' second unit shifted the game with its defensive effort, spearheaded by former Celtics standout Rajon Rondo, who had five assists and five steals in 22 minutes.
Last season's Eastern finalists are also on pace to win 70 games - a feat accomplished only by the 1995-96 Bulls (72 wins) and the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors (73 wins). On a whistle, he took the idea to throw the ball in the air, without thinking two seconds to the fact that, what we throws in the air, it inevitably falls at a given time.
"We still should've won", Tatum said. But he's also downplaying what appears to be the breakout stretch of a genuine National Basketball Association star. "That's all that really matters". "So that's good practice and good to know that we've got to look at that". We felt like we could've won. But Tatum was called for a push-off foul as he attempted to create space for one last shot against Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
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Tatum's 41 points Sunday equalled his career high set January 11th against New Orleans.
The Lakers also struggle with elite teams.
"I'm super impressed with our guys' ability to work together and still win games throughout the season".
But as teams try to trap more and more, Tatum will adjust.
Davis hit two free throws with 12.3 seconds left in the rematch and added one more with 6.7 seconds to play.
The reason he wasn't more of a scoring factor in the fourth was because of the Lakers defense blitzing him nearly immediately upon the ball getting into his hands.
"It was no question that we were going to give it to him right there in his sweet spot", Davis said. He made the first and missed the second, but the Celtics had previously lost a timeout when challenging a foul call, so they were unable to call one to advance the ball after grabbing the rebound. We just stayed with it.
"I'm out", he said quickly, a man on the go. "That's on all of us, but certainly he's been tremendous for us".
Tatum has been getting used to big nights lately. LeBron eventually got on Instagram where he shared a photo of himself and Tatum waiting to be put back into the game.
"It was a step in the right direction", he said. I know what I'm capable of. "So I'm just trying to earn the respect of the guys that I look up to".