Jayson Tatum is the biggest star on the Boston Celtics roster. On Monday night, however, Tatum had teammate Al Horford emerge for the occasion and deliver a special performance for the Celtics.
The duo combined to help Boston level the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Milwaukee Bucks 2-2. Horford finished Game 4 with a career-high 30 points in the playoffs with 30 points on 11 of 14 shots (78.6%). He also beat five of seven trios (another post-season career high).
Horford’s performance combined with Tatum’s impressive performance gave the Celtics a 116-108 victory.
This is the first time that Horford has offered Score 30 in the post-season, having played 131 playoffs before. The 35-year-old is playing his 15th NBA season and his record-breaking playoff night couldn’t have come at a better time for the Celtics. Boston tried to regain home advantage with a win in Game 4 and did it.
Speaking after the victory came from behind, Jayson Tatum had nothing but praise for the 5-time All-Star veteran. Tatum told the media:
“Al has been fantastic for the team. He’s been fantastic for me… I remember my rookie year and I said ‘It’s Al Horford!’ It’s great to see someone taking care of their body, which has been a profession for all these years. I’m so lucky to have Al as my teammate.”
Al Horford, Jayson Tatum combine for 60 points as Celtics even series vs Milwaukee
Jayson Tatum and Horford led the Celtics to victory in Milwaukee. The duo needed a stellar performance with Robert Williams ruled out due to left knee pain and Jaylen Brown restricted by foul.
Horford was the more consistent of the two as he shot well throughout the game. However, Tatum overcame a slow start to bounce in the fourth quarter for the Celtics. While Horford scored 16 points in the final half, Tatum dropped to 12 as the Celtics overcame Milwaukee 43-28 in the final 12 minutes to overcome a double-digit deficit.
Tatum and Horford became the first Celtics teammate to hit a record 30 plus points in the same playoffs in 11 years. The last such example came when Paul Pierce (38 points) and Ray Allen (32 points) did so during the 2011 season against the New York Knicks.
Tatum’s 30 points along with his 13 rebounds were his first double in the conference semifinals. The three-time All-Star also announced his personal highest score in the series on Monday. This makes him 5th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list for under-25s.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/basketball/news-it-great-see-someone-take-care-body-professional-years-jayson-tatum-reveals-looks-5x-all-star-teammate-formative-years-nba?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “It was great to see someone take care of his body, be a profession for all these years”