Jayson Tatum may have had Michael Jordan’s secret stuff.
The Boston Celtics forward debuted his new signature shoe with Jordan Brand in Sunday’s 2023 NBA All-Star Game and absolutely showed out.
Tatum, drafted by Giannis Antetokounmpo, led a scoring barrage that mounted in the second half as Team Giannis cruised to victory over Team LeBron 184-175, putting the first dent in LeBron James’ previous 5-0 record as an All-Star captain. Antetokounmpo played less than a minute due to a wrist injury coming into the game, but he made a basket prior to exiting.
The 24-year-old put up 55 points, 10 rebounds and six assists on 22-for-31 shooting overall with a 10-for-18 clip from 3-point range, making it the most ever in the annual event. He scored an All-Star record 27 points in the third quarter alone. Anthony Davis held the previous record after scoring 52 in 2017.
However, Tatum wasn’t the only All-Star who generated headlines with stunning shotmaking. Team Giannis teammates Donovan Mitchell and Damian Lilllard also dominated, with the former pouring in 40 as a starter and the latter dropping 26 off the bench, including the game-winner.
LeBron didn’t play in the second half after being ruled out with a hand injury, but three players chipped in with over 30 points apiece for his side: Jaylen Brown (35), Joel Embiid (32) and Kyrie Irving (32).