Jayson Tatum will never forget this day. He sets a new scoring record in a seventh game of the NBA playoffs.
Boston Celtics versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Game 7. Conference Semifinals in the East. More is almost impossible.
Until half-time, no sheet of paper fits between the two teams.
But then Boston kicks in… and rolls over the 76ers!
It rained for more than six minutes for the Celtics Dreier – nothing for Philadelphia. No point. In six minutes they throw away their entire season.
If Boston is still 55-52 at halftime, the Celtics lead 88-62 after the 3rd quarter. RUMMS.
And a man gets the Superman stamp on it. Jayson Tatum scores 51 points, setting a new Game 7 record in the NBA playoffs. Never in the long history of the NBA has a player scored more points in a crucial game.
In the end it was 112:88 for Boston – and entry into the conference final.
It still looked like Philadelphia in the game. The team led 3-2 in the series and led in the game.
Jayson Tatum: “I was glad we got another chance. Our season could have been over after game six,” said Tatum, who missed 14 of his first 15 attempts in the previous game and lately played a part in the Celtics closing the gap in Philadelphia and forcing game seven. “We said to ourselves: things can only go up now.”
Harden and Embiid disappointed
For Joel Embiid, who was voted the most valuable player in the main round for the first time, and James Harden, the season is over. Both didn’t do much in Game 7. Embiid only got 15 points, Harden was not even in double digits with 9 points.
Now it’s up to the Boston Celtics to take on the Miami Heat, who beat New York on Friday. It is the repeat of last year’s final series in the East. The first duel starts on Thursday night (German time).
For the 17-time champion, it is the fifth participation in the Conference Finals in the past seven years. The Celtics have never won the title during this time, the last championship is from the 2007/2008 season.
In the west, the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers meet. Game 1 takes place on Wednesday night (German time).