Jayson Tatum and Boston Big 3 tie Lakers’ 38-year record
The Boston Celtics picked up a huge victory Wednesday night by taking a 2-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Boston’s Big 3 all took the lead in Game 3 and it allowed Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart to tie a long-standing NBA Finals record.
Boston’s three stars all eclipsed the 20-point mark in a hectic Game 3 en route to tying a 38-year-old NBA Finals record set by the Los Angeles Lakers trio of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul -Jabbar and Michael Cooper. (h/t ESPN statistics and information on Twitter):
Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart are the first line to each have 20 pts, 5 rebs and 5 ast in a Finals match since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper in 1984.
Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart are the first line to each have 20 pts, 5 rebs and 5 ast in a Finals match since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper in 1984 pic.twitter.com/tsiPQ4E5gJ
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It was Brown who led the field with a team-high 27 points with nine rebounds and five assists. Tatum was down 26 points, six boards and nine pennies, while Smart topped things off with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists. When those three are on their game, it would be very difficult to beat the Celtics, and the Warriors learned that on Wednesday.
It should be noted that in 1984 the Celtics beat Magic Johnson and Co. in the NBA Finals. Tatum and the rest of the team are hoping for the same result this time around.