July 21, 2024
JB, JT Cross MJ, Pippen in Newest Mixed Scoring Feat
JB, JT Cross MJ, Pippen in Newest Mixed Scoring Feat

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum aren’t simply proving to be one of the best scoring duo within the NBA this season. They’re additionally rising up the statistical leaderboards among the many best scoring duos of all time.

On Friday evening, the Jays mixed for 66 factors in a 121-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves with Brown erupting for a game-high 36 within the scoring column and Tatum ending shut behind with 30.

It marked the 17th time of their profession through which they each scored 30-plus factors in the identical sport, which pushed them previous Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen into third place for probably the most 30-point video games by a teammate tandem, in line with the Elias Sports activities Bureau’s database which dates again to 1985 for that individual statistic.

After all, Jordan and Pippen performed in a wholly totally different period of offense than the Jays, however being simply talked about in the identical sentence as arguably the best duo of all time continues to be fairly an accomplishment.

Friday evening’s sport was an ideal instance of how deadly Brown and Tatum could be as a one-two punch.

The Celtics entered halftime trailing Minnesota, 56-54, and at that time, Tatum had simply 10 factors and Brown solely 9. Nonetheless, that they had an unimaginable second-half present in retailer for the followers at TD Backyard.

The third quarter belonged to Tatum, as he poured in 15 factors on 5-of-8 capturing from the sphere. JT’s effort helped the C’s take an 88-86 lead into the ultimate body earlier than Brown took over with 23 factors on 8-of-14 capturing in a 33-23 Celtics fourth quarter.

Brown actually wanted a body like that after capturing 5-for-15 from the sphere, 0-for-7 from lengthy vary, and 3-for-6 from the free-throw line by the primary three quarters.

“No one was apprehensive about JB,” Tatum stated of Brown’s tough begin and robust end. “We all know what he’s able to and no matter what occurs within the first three quarters, you’re at all times simply trying to what’s subsequent, and that’s what he did tonight. It was massive. We would have liked that to begin the fourth.”

Brown added that his fourth-quarter effort “felt good. It felt actually good. Clearly, I assumed it was solely a matter of time. The primary three quarters was in all probability one of many ugliest stretches of basketball in my profession. So, simply stick with it, my teammates, I acquired some nice teammates that inspired me to maintain going and it was only a matter of time.”

It’s additionally solely a matter of time earlier than Brown and Tatum transfer as much as the following spot on the listing talked about above. They’re precisely midway to passing Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal’s second-place mark of 33 video games with 30-plus factors apiece, and likewise midway to tying Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s report of 34 video games.

The Jays have already got 5 such efforts within the 28 video games they’ve performed collectively this season they usually at present have the best mixed scoring common amongst all duos with 57.0 factors per sport.

The scariest half is that they’re each simply reaching the start of their prime taking part in years, so in the event that they stick collectively, they might wind up smashing Durant and Westbrook’s shared report.