Tatum hooks the Celtics to the NBA ‘playoffs’ with 50 points in the victory against Washington

Jayson Tatum pitches despite opposition from Robin Lopez, in the Celtics-Wizards game.

Jayson Tatum avoided greater evils for the Celtics, who beat the Washington Wizards 118-110 and qualified for the playoffs. The Celtics’ victory in the playoff game Play-in gives them the seventh place in the Eastern Conference. His rival in the first round of the playoffs It is Brooklyn and the duel will begin on Saturday. Washington has one last chance to qualify for the final playoffs. To do this, he will have to beat Indiana, who beat Charlotte 144-117. The winner of the meeting between Washington and Indiana will be the rival of the Philadelphia Sixers in the first round of the final playoffs.

The situation of the Celtics was very delicate, especially due to the poor performance in the last stretch of the regular season, with five losses in the last six games. He also lost the contest for Jaylen Brown, who has undergone surgery for a wrist injury and will no longer play this season. Kemba Walker and Fournier, also injured, recovered to play the game against Washington. Tatum led his team with 50 points, 32 in the second half, and 17 of 17 from the free throw line. The 23-year-old forward’s performance was very complete, with 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Kemba Walker added 29 points. “We have suffered a lot of difficulties in the last few weeks. We have been on the ropes due to the casualties, but we have become strong and we have resisted, “said Brad Stevens, the Celtics coach.

The Wizards weren’t hit on offense. Bradley Beal scored 22 points and Russell Westbrook, 20 points, in addition to grabbing 14 rebounds. Ish Smith added 17 points. But the team only scored three of the 21 triples it threw (14% correct).

The eliminatory of Play-in It continues at dawn from Wednesday to Thursday. The Lakers face Golden State (4.00, Movistar + and LeaguePass) in the long-awaited duel between LeBron James and Stephen Curry. In the other game of the day, Memphis hosts San Antonio. The winner of this game will face the loser of the Lakers-Warriors on Friday.

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