Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum delivered a monster performance on Sunday to lead the Celtics past the Washington Wizards. Tatum dropped 51 points to lead the Celtics to a comfortable 116-87 victory over the Wizards. Tatum was in a bit of a slump before the game but he played lights out against the Wizards.
Tatum had 48 points after the third quarters and since the Celtics had a comfortable lead, there was no need from him to play big minutes in the fourth quarter. Tatum shot 18-of-28 from the field against the Wizards. Tatum was 0-of-17 from the three-point line in the previous three games.
"When you're missing shots, you know what you're capable of, and sometimes you've got to laugh it off," Tatum said, per ESPN. "It's as simple as sometimes you just don't make shots. You play so many games."
Tatum received a standing ovation in Washington
"That's an incredible feeling," Tatum said.
"Seeing so many fans on road with a Tatum '0' jersey on -- something I don't take for granted. I understand there's 450 some-odd guys in the league, and they took the time to go buy my jersey." Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr.
thought the key of the game came late in the second quarter. The Celtics closed the half on a 14-0 run. "It pretty much came down to the end of the second quarter," Unseld said. "Essentially, that was the game." Also, Wizads coach Unseld praised Tatum for the performance he delivered.
"To Tatum's credit, he had a night," Unseld said. "Obviously, 51 points, it's a real number. I think he was 6-for-8 on pull-up 3s, which are tough shots. No excuse. He's been struggling, but he found his rhythm tonight." The Celtics didn't plan to play Tatum but inserted him back into the game with just over seven minutes left to play.
"We were getting a little iso-heavy, stagnant there," Celtics head coach ime Udoka said. "We've obviously had our troubles closing, so, get him back in and try to finish the game."