Jayson Tatum Lifts Boston Celtics to Blowout Win Over Brooklyn Nets

The Boston Celtics absolutely dismantled the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, burying their Eastern Conference rival in a 139-96 win. No Celtic distinguished himself more than Jayson Tatum, who logged 31 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.

Tatum hit 12 of his 19 field goal attempts, including a deadly seven of 12 from three. It could have been (and perhaps should have been) an even bigger night for the three-time All Star; Tatum didn't earn a single free throw and only played a little over 29 minutes. With his 31.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game, Tatum has jumped yet another level for the Celtics this season and is solidifying himself as one of the NBA's very best players.

It was a historically dominant performance by the Celtics, who outscored the Nets a preposterous 46-16 in the first quarter for a franchise record +30 first-quarter point differential. Given the team's incredible history, that's no small feat. At 37-15, the Celtics sport the top spot in the Eastern Conference and have the look of a title favorite.

The Celtics host the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

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