Jayson Tatum delivers down the stretch in Celtics win over Magic

A. Sherrod Blakely
·2 min read

Lots of players stepped up for the Boston Celtics in their come-from-behind 122-119 overtime win over Orlando.

But when it came to those possessions in which they absolutely had to get a basket, Jayson Tatum was who they turned to as he scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Near the end of regulation, it was Tatum's mid-range jumper that tied the game at 112 and forced overtime.

And in overtime, another Tatum basket put the Celtics ahead 120-117 which would prove to be the game-winning basket.

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Tatum has had a series of ho-hum games shooting the ball in the Bubble despite coming in as Boston's leading scorer.

But Sunday night was different; or in many ways, similar to what we saw from Tatum prior to entering the Bubble when he averaged 29.9 points per game following the All-Star break.

On Sunday, Tatum had a near double-double with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

WHO'S HOT

Gordon Hayward: The Magic defense was nowhere to be found when it came to Gordon Hayward who lit Orlando up for 31 points on 12-for-18 shooting from the field to go with nine rebounds and six assists.

Nikola Vucevic: Orlando's All-Star center has been a double-double machine most of his NBA career with Sunday's game being no exception. Vucevic finished the game with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Jaylen Brown: Another strong performance by the Boston Celtics' best player in the Bubble. Brown finished with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds with two steals.

Orlando three-pointers: The Magic rank 22nd in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (11.0) this season. That didn't matter on Sunday as Orlando drained 15.

WHO'S NOT

Kemba Walker: It was one of those nights for Kemba Walker who scored just four points while missing eight of his nine shots from the field.

SECOND UNIT SURPRISE

Terrence Ross: One of the best scoring reserve guards in the NBA, Ross had 18 points to go with seven rebounds.

Jayson Tatum delivers down the stretch in Celtics win over Magic originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Orlando
-+4.5O 213.5
Boston
--4.5U 213.5