Jayson Tatum was on fire last night against the San Antonio Spurs, exploding for a career-high 60 points to lead his team to a 143-140 win in overtime after saving home from a 32-point deficit.
Tatum topped it off on a proficient scoring night, going 20-of-37 (54.1%) from the field, 5-of-7 from past the arc and 15-of-17 at the free-throw line — where he raised his 60th mark of the evening.
Tatum scored 21 of his points in the fourth quarter and 10 in the overtime period, adding eight rebounds, five assists and zero turnovers, playing a game-high 45 minutes.
With the success, the Celtics keep their expectations of staying away from the Play-In seeds alive, improving to 34-30 on the season.
Let’s take a look at some of the mind-blowing numbers behind Tatum’s last night performance.
1: Tatum ties Larry Legend
Tatum’s 60 focuses tie Larry Bird for the most focuses at any point scored by a Celtic in establishment history!
Bird, 28 at that point, scored 60 focuses right back in 1984-85 in a 126-115 win over the Atlanta Hawks on 22-of-36 from the floor, scoring 32 of his 60 over a 14-minute range in the subsequent half.
2: Second-youngest player with a 60-point game
At 23 years and 234 days, Tatum turns into the second most youngest player in NBA history to score 60 points, behind Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, who scored 70 points against the Celtics in 2017.
0: Turnovers with 60 points
His 60 points with zero turnovers make him the third player in NBA history, with these numbers since turnovers were recorded in 1977-78, per Elias Sports, joining Klay Thompson and Carmelo Anthony.
2: His 50-point games in 2020-21
With 60 tonight, Tatum becomes the first player in Celtics history with multiple 50-point games in a season after scoring 52 against the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 9.
29: A comeback for the ages
The 29-point half-time deficit denotes the second greatest half-time deficit a team has come back from in NBA history. The greatest being the Utah Jazz in 1996, who came back a 35-point shortfall (70-36), to beat the Denver Nuggets 107-103.
The Celtics followed by upwards of 32 focuses in this game, denoting the greatest rebound of the 2020-21 season and the third-greatest rebound over the most recent 35 years.