What Jayson Tatum Said to Luka Doncic After Lockout at Mavs Star


It grew to become the defining second of a stellar efficiency by Jayson Tatum in Wednesday night time’s 125-112 win over the Dallas Mavericks at TD Backyard.

And it got here on the defensive finish of the courtroom, regardless of the Boston Celtics famous person having added 37 factors, 13 rebounds and 5 assists.

With the Mavericks shut within the fourth quarter after trailing by as a lot as 27 factors early within the second half, Tatum ended any notion of restoration by profitable a one-on-one showdown with Dallas star Luka Doncic.

Doncic drove to the rim with simply over two minutes to go and was elevated for a slam solely to be forcefully denied by Tatum. The Celtics surged previous Tatum’s block and Jaylen Brown hit a 3-pointer to lastly put the sport out of attain.

It was a sensational defensive play by Tatum that got here with the 2 MVP favorites respectfully exchanging a couple of phrases, and Tatum revealed what he stated to his counterpart at that second after the victory.

“All people is aware of how proficient and particular he’s,” Tatum informed ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth after the win. “He can accomplish that many issues on the courtroom. Somebody I respect and revel in competing with. I informed him I needed to block it. He stated, ‘Do you assume I can bury it?’ I stated, ‘You might be tall sufficient. You would have it stolen. We simply had enjoyable competing towards one another.”