Tatum joins elite company with wild Conference Finals stat


It's safe to say Jayson Tatum has brushed off his uncharacteristically poor Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 performance.

The Boston Celtics star bounced back with a stellar first half of Game 4 vs. the Miami Heat on Monday night. He outscored Miami on his own with 12 points in the first quarter, then entered the half with 24 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He set a playoff career-high in free throw attempts with 14 in the first half and made 12 of them.

Tatum has now scored 20+ points in the first half of three of the four games in the series. Per ESPN Stats & Info, superstars James Harden and LeBron James are the only other players with three 20-point first halves in a single Conference Finals over the last 25 years.

Solid company to be in, especially for a 24-year-old.

Tatum and the Celtics are looking to even the series at 2-2 before heading back to South Beach for Game 5. They're on track to do just that as they entered the half with a commanding 57-33 lead.