Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics controls the ball against Cody Zeller and Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat during Game 4 of the 2023 Eastern Conference Finals. (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)

Jayson Tatum needed this. The Boston Celtics needed this.

Facing a must-win situation and a near-double-digit deficit in the third quarter, Tatum suddenly came alive for consecutive threes. It turned out to spark an 18-0 run that flipped the scoreboard in the Celtics’ favor. Then, instead of coughing up another late lead, the C’s pulled away for a 17-point win to keep their season alive.