The NBA playoffs are when the star players shine the brightest. These days, those stars tend to have fresh faces.
Those 32 points marked a career postseason high for the 22-year-old, surpassing the 28 he dropped on Philly during the 2018 playoffs.
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-76ers Game 2, which begins Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 6:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.
Tatum wasn't the only young gun who thrived in the NBA bubble, though. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (57 points), Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (36 points) and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (42 points) also topped 30 points Monday -- and made NBA history in the process.
Donovan Mitchell, Jamal Murray, Jayson Tatum and Luka Doncic all scored 30+ points today. Today marks the first time in NBA postseason history that 4 players under the age 25 scored 30+ points on the same day. pic.twitter.com/MOvdF9ZmFA— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 18, 2020
Meet the next generation of NBA star players, folks. (Also, if you missed Mitchell and Murray's epic duel in Jazz-Nuggets Game 1, do yourself a favor and watch it.)
Tatum made some history in his own right Monday, becoming the youngest player in Celtics history to tally 30-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in a postseason game.
Youngest Celtics player with 30+ PTS, 10+ REB in a playoff game:— StatMuse (@statmuse) August 18, 2020
22y, 167d - Jayson Tatum
22y, 230d - Tom Heinsohn
23y, 129d - Larry Bird pic.twitter.com/1SoXEgVpln
Tatum's achievements alone should scare Boston's opponents -- but he's not the team's only young star.
Jaylen Brown, 23, also added 29 points Monday night as he and Tatum became the first Celtics teammates to score 29-plus points in the same playoff game before their 24th birthdays.
Only other teammates to ever do it— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) August 18, 2020
Durant - Westbrook - 5x
Durant - Harden
Shaq - Penny Hardaway
Keep in mind the Celtics are the NBA's most successful franchise with a league-high 17 championships, so Tatum and Brown are altering a lengthy record book. If they continue at this pace, Banner 18 could be raised to the TD Garden rafters in the near future.
How Celtics' Jayson Tatum helped make NBA history in win over 76ers originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston