Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum received a special birthday present Tuesday.
The NBA announced Tuesday that the 22-year-old star has won Eastern Conference Player of the Month for February.
Tatum dominated at both ends of the floor throughout February, and his offensive numbers were particularly strong. He averaged 30.7 points per game on 49.4 percent shooting, including a 48.1 percent mark from 3-point range. He scored 25-plus points in 11 of the 12 games he played in February, including six 30-point games and one 41-point performance. In addition to his scoring in February, Tatum also averaged 7.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocked shots per game.
Tatum is the first Celtics player to win this award since Isaiah Thomas took home the honor in January of the 2016-17 season. He also snaps Milwaukee Bucks superstar and reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo's streak of five Eastern Conference Player of the Month awards in a row. Antetokounmpo has won seven of the last eight overall.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James was named Western Conference Player of the Month for February. He gave a special shoutout to Tatum on Instagram after the C's forward scored 41 points in a loss to James and the Lakers on Feb. 23.
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