Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown go at each other in NBA All-Star Game

Boston Celtics followers are used to seeing stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown play collectively, but the 2023 NBA All-Star Game featured the dynamic duo going through off in opposition to each other.

With the All-Star Game’s new draft format, Tatum and Brown had been chosen to separate groups. Tatum, who scored essentially the most factors in All-Star Game historical past with a whopping 55, led Group Giannis to the win whereas additionally taking dwelling the MVP award.

Jayson Tatum wins the Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP 👏


— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 20, 2023

On the other facet, Brown got here off the bench for Group LeBron, because the Celtics star put up a powerful 35 factors.

Though the showdown between All-Stars shouldn’t be recognized for its protection, the third quarter featured Tatum and Brown going one-on-one on consecutive possessions.

Most notably, Brown drained a step-back 3-pointer proper in Tatum’s face, and let him learn about it with a bit celebration:

Jaylen Brown vs Jayson Tatum 🔥

— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) February 20, 2023

Regardless that Brown was the one calling Tatum “too small,” Tatum ended up scoring 27 factors in the third quarter–essentially the most in any quarter in All-Star Game historical past.

Following Brown’s celebration, Tatum got here again and hit a deep triple of his personal. And like his Celtics co-star, Tatum celebrated too, this time pulling out the well-known “kiss of loss of life” transfer that we’ve seen many instances earlier than:

Quick break fizzles. Celts nonetheless manufacture a 3. Tatum with the Kiss of Demise.

— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) March 21, 2022

Altogether, the Celtics tandem of Brown and Tatum mixed for 90 factors and left their mark on the 2023 All-Star Game.

The star-studded duo will return to play on Thursday as they tackle the Indiana Pacers. Whereas Brown missed the previous few video games attributable to a facial fracture–that Tatum paradoxically brought on–he appeared good to go tonight in his masked efficiency.


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