Jayson Tatum on battle with Donovan Mitchell: ‘You just love those moments’

Wednesday night saw a classic slugfest between two of the NBA’s top stars, as Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell traded blows in tight game the Boston Celtics eventually won 117-113.

Tatum finished the night with 41 points on a smooth 13-for-21 from the field. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 8 assists. On the other side of the ball Mitchell was electric, scoring 44 of his own in a thrilling duel between old pals.

After Wednesday’s action Celtics Wire asked Tatum about the thrills and motivation that comes with playing against a good friend and a fellow NBA star.

“Don is one of the best players in this league,” Tatum said. “He’s somebody that I’m extremely close with, talk all the time, same class, and someone I’ve known for a long time.”

Now a four-time All-Star, Tatum is among the biggest names in the Association at the moment. As such, any time he plays is must-see TV. Throwing another superstar in the mix only turns up the heat.

“Anytime you get a chance to play against one of the best guys in the league, it always raises your level as a competitor,” Tatum said. “You just love those moments, those match-ups.”

Tatum flirted with a triple-double as the Celtics pulled out a big win. He’s having one of his most effective seasons as a pro and still in the mix for a possible MVP trophy this spring.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire