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Celtics Complete Third Largest Comeback in NBA History

Apr 30, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts after his basket against the San Antonio Spurs in the fourth quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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The Boston Celtics came back from a 32 point deficit, making their comeback the third-largest in NBA history. The Boston Celtics played the San Antonio Spurs on April 30th. During the second quarter, the Celtics were down 65-33. However, the team finished the game to win 143-140 in overtime.

The young star, Jayson Tatum, led the comeback by putting the league on notice. He posted a career-high 60 points, 5 assists, and 8 rebounds. On the contrary, what was most impressive was that Tatum had no turnovers in his 45 minutes of play. Also, Tatum’s career-high 60 points tied the franchise record for most points in a single game. He tied Larry Bird’s record, who scored 60 points in 1985.

Jayson Tatum shot 20-37 from the field, along with 15-17 from the free-throw line and 5-7 from downtown. However, he was not alone in this historic win. His dynamic partner, Jaylen Brown, recorded 17 points, 2 blocks, 2 steals, and 5 rebounds in 44 minutes. Also, Brown hit a clutch three to put the Celtics ahead in overtime with 16.7 seconds remaining.

Head Coach of the Celtics, Brad Stevens, was upset with his team after the first two quarters. However, he ended up leaving the game pleased with Jayson Tatum’s performance.

“Tatum was amazing, as you know. And we needed every one of those 60 points. I guess I’m dual emotions right now… That was ridiculous how we started today.”

-Brad Stevens after comeback victory

The Larger Comebacks in NBA History

Mar 4, 1991; Orlando, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone (32) in action against the Orlando Magic at the Orlando Arena. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports
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The second greatest comeback in NBA history occurred on December 21, 2009. The Sacramento Kings rallied back against the Bulls to complete a 35-point comeback. Furthermore, Tyreke Evans led the comeback, scoring 23 points that night.

However, the greatest comeback in NBA history was when the Utah Jazz played the Denver Nuggets on November 27, 1996. Karl Malone led the comeback, scoring 31 points as his team outscored the Nuggets 71-31.

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