Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics

Apr 18, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots against Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) and guard Dejounte Murray (5) in the first quarter during game two of the 2023 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics are getting so many high-level contributions up and down the lineup in their series against the Atlanta Hawks, that it’s difficult to pin down a singular star. But Jayson Tatum, thanks to a dominant second quarter and a team-high 29 points, gets the nod as the 98.5 The Sports Hub Player of the Game for Tuesday night’s 119-106 win in Game 2.

Tatum started off 2-for-3 from the floor for just four points in the first quarter, and played just 7:26 in the opening frame, the fewest of all five Celtics starters. But the second quarter is where Tatum took over. In the second alone, Tatum scored 14 points – as many as the Hawks’ Trae Young and Dejounte Murray combined – while shooting a nice 6-for-9 from the field.

He also found his stroke from three-point range, knocking down 2-of-3 attempts in the second quarter. It was on the strength of Tatum’s scoring that the Celtics built to a 12-point lead at halftime. The Celtics never trailed after the first quarter, and Tatum was of course a huge reason why.

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