When a superstar played the Game 6 on the road in 2012. The Boston Celtics got an up-close-and-personal look at a career-defining performance.
They got another one on Friday night. This time, though, they had reason to rejoice.
In-Game 6 in Milwaukee, Jayson Tatum performed his best LeBron James impression by scoring a game-high 46 points to keep Boston’s championship aspirations alive. He not only surpassed James’ 45 points from 2012. But he also scored 15 of them in the last quarter to tie the series at three games each and send it back to Boston.
Tatum dominated the game from the 8:56 point in the fourth quarter through the 5:40 mark in the fifth.
During those four-plus minutes, Tatum scored 11 straight points for Boston. Matching every giant bucket the Bucks made on the opposite end.
Milwaukee had cut what had been an 18-point lead to six points just before Tatum came back in at 9:37 p.m. The pressure was on, and it seemed like a rerun of Boston’s Game 5 catastrophe was on the way.
Then Tatum checked in and made all of the C’s clutch baskets.
Tatum’s 11 consecutive points offset Milwaukee’s nine. Allowing Boston to extend their advantage to eight points after his 3-pointer at the 5:40 mark. With 28 seconds remaining, Jaylen Brown added a 3-pointer to give Boston a comfortable 11-point lead going into the last five minutes.
Boston led by double digits for the remainder of the game, eventually winning 108-95.