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Sport: NBA All-Star Moment of the Night: Celtics' Jayson Tatum emerges from slump with 51-point outburst

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The two-time All - Star is shooting a measly 31.7 percent from behind the arc this season, nearly six percent worse than his previous career low (37.1 percent). Tatum also ranks ninth in the NBA for three-pointers attempted this season. His struggles have spawned many theories as to what could be wrong. One of the most popular ones is simple - he’s tired. Tatum went from the bubble, into another season, then to the Olympics, and then back to another NBA season. However, when asked about this, he says he feels fine.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown highlighted a rough shooting night for the Celtics in their loss to the Hornets. Jaylen Brown added 21, and Jayson Tatum had 12 for his lowest point total since Nov. It was an off night for both of the Celtics ' All - Stars , Tatum and Brown. Advertisement. The rest of the team shot 49% from the field (25- 51 ) on Wednesday night and 42.9% (12-28) from 3.

On Sunday, Celtics forward Jayson Tatum emerged from an abysmal slump in legendary fashion.

In an afternoon win over the Wizards, Tatum erupted for 51 points, shooting 18-for-28 from the field, 9-for-14 from 3-point range and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Tatum's nine 3s are a new career-best, surpassing the mark of seven he set earlier in the season.

Making this performance so impressive is just how poorly Tatum had been shooting this season but, more specifically, in the past week. Prior to Sunday, Tatum had missed 21 of his last 22 3-point attempts, dropping his percentage for the season to a career-worst 31.1 percent.

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Jayson Tatum did what stars do in Boston's Game 7 win Friday night . As our A. Sherrod Blakely writes, his performance spoke volumes about his growth as a player and a leader. s the final horn sounded and the victory secured, Jayson Tatum let out a defiant fist-pump which was one of the few times all night the cerebral star of the Boston Celtics let his feelings be known. A. It was the biggest game of Tatum ’s career, a game that in many ways would better define who he is and where he stands among the NBA ’s top-tier talent.

Jayson Tatum 's 50- Point Explosion Lifts Celtics . Tatum 's 50- point display in Boston's win in the opening round of the NBA 's play-in tournament was the kind of performance the team needed. BOSTON – These were the moments Bradley Beal and Jayson Tatum dreamed of, when the NBA was little more than fantasy, back when they were just two kids from St. Louis chasing basketball glory. Beal a sturdy, 6’ 3” two-guard with a jump shot coaches drooled over. Tatum a gangly, 6’ 8” forward with unlimited offensive potential.

Sunday's performance won't bring his percentage all the way back to his career mark of 38.0 percent, but it's a step in the right direction.

It wasn't just shooting, either, as Tatum also pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists to make it a complete game for the Celtics, who moved back to .500 – and past the Wizards in the standings – with the win.

Now, back to the scoring.

Tatum was focused from the get-go, scoring 31 points on 11-for-14 shooting in the first half alone. He didn't slow down, either, adding another 17 points in the third quarter to enter the final frame with 48 points.  In the fourth, Boston pressed to get its superstar to the 50-point mark, but it didn't take too long, as he got to 50 with a layup and added a technical free throw to bring his total to 51 before calling it a night.

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Tatum 's young son, Jayson Tatum Jr. (aka "Deuce"), recently arrived in the NBA 's Florida bubble and got out of quarantine Tuesday. They were reunited later in the day, and it made for a heartwarming moment . Check it out in the video below: Bubble reunions are the best. The two have been able to see each other via FaceTime since the Celtics traveled to Florida, and now Deuce will be able to watch his dad in person and spend time together in the bubble for the remainder of the Celtics ' playoff run. It's sometimes easy to forget the sacrifices NBA families have made during this time.

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum suffered a sprained left ankle on Tuesday as Team USA escaped an upset bid by Turkey in overtime. Tatum will reportedly be reevaluated on Wednesday. Turkey missed four straight free throws with under a minute remaining in overtime. Tatum was injured on the play and was helped off the floor before Middleton made it to the line. It appears that Tatum stepped on another player's foot while in traffic. His left ankle rolled and the young Boston star went down. A host of NBA stars declined to play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup due to injury risk.

I mean, it was pretty efficient.

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Sunday marks the third time in which Tatum has scored 50 or more points in the regular season and he's also added one 50-point performance in the playoffs and one in the NBA's Play-In Tournament. He's the second Celtic this season to score 50 in a game, with Jaylen Brown scoring 50 just three weeks earlier on Sunday, Jan. 2.

The only other Celtics duo to score 50 points in the same season? Larry Bird and Kevin McHale during the 1984-85 campaign.

Tatum and Brown did it in the same month.

With the performance, Tatum all but solidifies his case for what should be a third consecutive selection to the NBA All-Star Game. With uncertainty surrounding Nets forward Kevin Durant for this year's game, Tatum could be in the running as an injury replacement starter in this year's game, which falls on Feb. 20, 2022.

We'll see if Sunday's performance propels Tatum and the Celtics for the final 30-plus games of the season.

Tatum and the Celtics take on the Heat .
Miami Heat (32-18, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (26-25, ninth in the Eastern Conference) Boston; Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics face the Miami Heat. Tatum currently ranks seventh in the league averaging 26.2 points per game. The Celtics are 17-14 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston ranks fifth in the NBA with 35.5 defensive rebounds per game led by Tatum averaging 7.3. TheBoston; Monday, 7:30 p.m.

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