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Draymond loves Tatum's 60-point game as Celtics help Dubs

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Jayson Tatum celebrating

Draymond Green might believe his sub is better, but Jayson Tatum's jumper certainly is wetter.

The Boston Celtics star dropped in a career-high 60 points Friday night in a 32-point comeback win over the San Antonio Spurs in overtime at TD Garden.

Tatum made 20 of his 37 field-goal attempts and 5-of-7 from 3-point range. The 23-year-old went to the free-throw line 17 times and made 15 freebies.

With the Warriors enjoying a day off before taking on the Houston Rockets on Saturday, Draymond was watching the Celtics' 143-140 win.

While Tatum's performance was the story of the game, the Spurs' loss helps Draymond and the Warriors.

San Antonio now is 31-31 after the loss, just a half-game ahead of Golden State(31-32) for the ninth seed in the Western Conference.

The ninth and 10th seeds will play each other in the play-in round, with the higher seed hosting the game. The loser's season will end, while the winner of that game will advance to play the loser of the game between the seventh and eighth seeds.

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Heading down the final stretch of the season, every game matters in the race for seeding and home-court advantage in the play-in tournament. The Spurs led 39-16 after the first quarter and built their lead to 29 points at halftime. They looked like they were about to put some distance between themselves and the Warriors.

Instead, the gap narrowed thanks to a monster game from Tatum, who was labeled as a "modern archetype" of NBA star by Warriors coach Steve Kerr earlier this season.

 

If the Warriors manage to leapfrog the Spurs for home-court advantage in the play-in tournament, maybe Draymond will send a few of his subs to Tatum as a thank you.

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