A lot changed for the Boston Celtics over the summer. After a tumultuous season plagued by rumors of locker room discord and an overall failure to live up to the enormous expectations placed on the shoulders of their young but immensely talented group of players, the team moved on from Kyrie Irving last summer and opted to focus on their other young stars.
Though they brought Kemba Walker in to essentially replace the departed Irving, they also believe they have a burgeoning superstar in Jayson Tatum. And on Friday night against the Knicks, the third-year wing reminded everyone why.
With the game tied at 102-102 with just four second remaining on the clock, Tatum caught the inbounds pass from Marcus Smart, took one dribble, then calmly knocked down a long, contested two-pointer from the corner to give his team the victory on their home court.
TATUM TAKES IT… MAKES IT!!! pic.twitter.com/e0xzbtRjnP
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 2, 2019
Tatum finished the game with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting for the night, including 4-of-8 from downtown, while Walker led the team in scoring with a game-high 33 points. They were able to withstand a big night from Marcus Morris, who put up 29 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks.