‘The fourth-quarter silence is over’ Tatum escapes slump, makes franchise history
National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star forward Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) pulled his team out of the playoffs (PO) with an ace performance. He also etched his name in Boston franchise history.
Boston won Game 4 of the 2022-23 NBA Playoffs (PO) Eastern Conference Finals (best-of-seven) 116-99 against the Miami Heat on Thursday at the Amway Center in Miami. After dropping the first three games of the series, the Celtics earned their first win of the night. The Celtics dominated Miami with an evenly matched performance, with six players scoring 10 or more points.
Jayson “Ace” Tatum was the star of the show. In an elimination game, he put up a 33-point, 11-rebound, seven-assist performance in 42 minutes, especially in the second half, when he scored 25 points.
It erased any concerns from the earlier slump. Tatum suffered the “0-for-4 fourth quarter” humiliation in Games 1-3, where the team lost. 메이저놀이터 In Game 3, he didn’t play in the fourth quarter due to an early deficit, but his silence in Games 1 and 2 tarnished his ace reputation.
However, he made 5 of 7 shots from the field in the fourth quarter and scored 11 points. Miami was unable to contain Tatum and self-destructed with turnover after turnover.
Meanwhile, Statmuse, the American record book, highlighted Tatum’s performance. Tatum is now the No. 1 scorer in franchise PO history (23.8 ppg). He’s tied with “legend” Larry Bird. At the same time, he moved into first place for most three-pointers made (221).
Having pushed the series to Game 5, it will be interesting to see if Boston can keep the momentum going at home. Game 5 between the two teams will take place on February 26 at TD Garden in Boston.