Jayson Tatum Made Unique NBA History With All-Star Game Performance

Tyler Maher
Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum made history during the 2023 NBA All-Star Game.
Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum made history during the 2023 NBA All-Star Game. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

If you need a lot of points in a big game, Jayson Tatum might be your guy.

The Boston Celtics' star has proved he's capable of making it rain in any scenario, most recently during Sunday night's NBA All-Star contest. Tatum erupted for an ASG-record 55 points, leading Team Giannis to a wild 184-175 victory over Team LeBron.

Jayson Tatum All-Star Game

It wasn't the first time Tatum topped 50 points in a game, either. In fact, he made some unique history by becoming the first NBA player ever to drop 50+ points in a regular-season game, playoff game and All-Star Game. He's also cleared 50 points in a play-in game, too.

Clearly, no moment is too big for Tatum, who proved once again that he's one of the best pure scorers in the league. The 24-year-old is averaging a career-high 30.6 points per game this season, so it shouldn't be too surprising that he was able to score at will in a game where defense is virtually non-existent.

Tatum earned his first career All-Star Game MVP award for his efforts, so now the question is if he can win the award for the regular season as well. Tatum currently has the fourth-best odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds behind Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, so he'll need a big second half to do so. Based on how he's been playing lately, however, we wouldn't bet against him.

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