The Boston Celtics battled back to tie Thursday’s game against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter, only to lose in overtime by a 120-117 final.
Jayson Tatum went 4-for-5 shooting in the fourth quarter for 10 of his 35 points, including a game-tying drive to the hoop with just 48 seconds left in regulation to get the game to OT. Unfortunately for the Celtics, with the Knicks leading by just one point with 7.6 seconds left, Jaylen Brown missed both free throws, then the Knicks rebounded the ball to force the C’s to foul. The Knicks’ R.J. Barrett made both of his free throws, then Tatum missed his final three-point attempt of the game to hand the Celtics the loss.
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Jayson Tatum gets his spot among the best of the best at NBA All-Star Game
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 19: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics celebrates after scoring against the Golden State Warriors during overtime at TD Garden on January 19, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the Warriors 121-118. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Jayson Tatum, as expected, is an All-Star for the fourth year in a row. And for the third straight season, he’s a starter.
Tatum will start as part of the NBA’s new team selection system in the 2023 All-Star Game on Feb. 19. For the first time in history, team captains/starters LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will draft players from the pool of both starters and reserves right before the game. So, while Tatum was named one of five starters from the Eastern Conference, he will inevitably have some Western Conference teammates and could play for Team LeBron.
Jaylen Brown, meanwhile, was not named a starter for the east. But he’s a top candidate to be named a reserve when those are announced on Feb. 2. It’ll be interesting to see if he and Tatum end up on opposite teams in the All-Star Game.
Read below for the full list of NBA All-Star starters from each conference.