Age: 20 Height: 6-8 Weight: 205 lbs School: Duke
A baseball player or two might even be in the TD Garden crowd, and you know the video board will pay tribute to and wish the local baseball team well as the local basketball team hosts the Orlando Magic in the fourth game of the season for both. The Celtics and Magic were involved in tight games Saturday night as Boston (2-1) survived a battle with the Knicks in New York and Orlando (1-2) fell by a point at Philadelphia. Jayson Tatum, who is leading the Celtics in scoring (21 points per game) and rebounding (10.7) through three games, survived a wild final minute at Madison Square Garden as he continues to emerge as a pure threat at age 20.
This is what it has come to: Jayson Tatum can Dream Shake his way into a one-foot fadeaway jumper in the closing seconds under the bright lights at Madison Square Garden and his late-game clutchness is met with shoulder shrugs from both the 20-year-old star in the making and all of his teammates. Like vintage Paul Pierce on the MSG stage, Tatum dazzled in the final minute on Saturday night, scoring Boston's final six points as a tired-leg Celtics squad fended off the Knicks in a 103-101 triumph. In little more than a year, Tatum has made these sort of moments seem perfunctory.
The Celtics could laugh afterward, because none of Jayson Tatum's mistakes cost them. Not the missed dunk with 36 seconds left — thanks to Tatum rebounding it himself and making a tough jumper — and not his foolish foul with 1.9 seconds remaining. Tatum did far more good than bad, finishing with 24 points and 14 rebounds as Boston held on to beat the New York Knicks 103-101 on Saturday night.
FINAL SCORE: Celtics 103, Knicks 101IN BRIEF: Jayson Tatum had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics withstood his careless foul with 1.9 seconds left to beat the New York Knicks 103-101 on Saturday night. BOX SCORECELTICS RECORD: 2-1 (t-2nd
FINAL SCORE: Raptors 113, Celtics 101IN BRIEF: Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 31 points in the Raptors' victory over the Celtics on Friday night. Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 19 points, while Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward contributed 16 and 14 respectively