Lots of players stepped up for the Boston Celtics in their come-from-behind 122-119 overtime win over Orlando.
But when it came to those possessions in which they absolutely had to get a basket, Jayson Tatum was who they turned to as he scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Near the end of regulation, it was Tatum’s mid-range jumper that tied the game at 112 and forced overtime.
And in overtime, another Tatum basket put the Celtics ahead 120-117 which would prove to be the game-winning basket.
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Tatum has had a series of ho-hum games shooting the ball in the Bubble despite coming in as Boston’s leading scorer.
But Sunday night was different; or in many ways, similar to what we saw from Tatum prior to entering the Bubble when he averaged 29.9 points per game following the All-Star break.
On Sunday, Tatum had a near double-double with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Gordon Hayward: The Magic defense was nowhere to be found when it came to Gordon Hayward who lit Orlando up for 31 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the field to go with nine rebounds and six assists.
Nikola Vucevic: Orlando’s All-Star center has been a double-double machine most of his NBA career with Sunday’s game being no exception. Vucevic finished the game with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Jaylen Brown: Another strong performance by the Boston Celtics’ best player in the Bubble. Brown finished with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds with two steals.
Orlando three-pointers: The Magic rank 22nd in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (11.0) this season. That didn’t matter on Sunday as Orlando drained 15.
Kemba Walker: It was one of those nights for Kemba Walker who scored just four points while missing eight of his nine shots from the field.
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Terrence Ross: One of the best scoring reserve guards in the NBA, Ross had 18 points to go with seven rebounds.