Jayson Tatum’s stellar rookie campaign came to a screeching halt Sunday night at TD Garden.
Despite scoring a team-high 24 points in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, Tatum and the Boston Celtics fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers by a score of 87-79.
As everyone expected, LeBron James delivered when it mattered most. The Cavs star scored a game-high 35 points to go along with 15 rebounds and nine assists to reach his eighth (!) straight NBA Finals.
Players from each team exchanged high fives and hugs after the final buzzer sounded, but James appeared to go out of his way to embrace Tatum and share a message with the 20-year-old.
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This wasn’t the first time Tatum and James directly crossed paths in Game 7. Late in the fourth quarter, the Duke product soared to the rim for a monster dunk right over King James.
But after all was said and done, James’ spectacular season continues, while Tatum and the C’s embark on the offseason.
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