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 👏 pic.twitter.com/7dB4RcPvBa
— 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 🔥 pic.twitter.com/40CJRWkRu7
— 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. pic.twitter.com/5BEjfOMkJ3
— 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.