Where do we even start? There are so many things one could say about a player breaking the 60-point barrier. Let’s begin by saying that Jayson Tatum did it for the Boston Celtics on Friday night, and in doing so, he was able to not only help his team come back from a 32-point deficit to the San Antonio Spurs but he was also able to tie the all-time C’s record that Larry Bird previously held by himself for most points scored. What a showing, right? The Celtics were down by as many as 32, as mentioned, in the first half, yet they never gave up, forcing the contest to overtime eventually and then coming out on top 143-140.
It was the biggest comeback in over a decade, and it had gotten so bad early on that head coach Brad Stevens’ own daughter left to prepare for the next day. Tatum dropped 24 of his points in the first half, but he really came alive in the fourth quarter and in OT. He had 20 in the fourth and 11 in the extra period. He is now the second-youngest to complete a 60+ point game, with Devin Booker easily holding the record currently. Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Lakers saw the return of LeBron James to their fold on Friday night. Unfortunately for them, it still did not result in a win as they fell 110-106 to the Sacramento Kings. After 20 games out of action, James had 16 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in 32 minutes. He had a chance to win the game late, but his three missed with less than three ticks remaining, giving the Kings a win and the Lakers a fifth loss in their last six outings.