The Boston Celtics needed a monster performance from Jayson Tatum in Game 7 and that's exactly what they got.
Tatum took the game with both hands, pouring in 51 points — the most-ever in a Game 7 — breaking Stephen Curry's record set against the Sacramento Kings in the first round to lead Boston to a 112-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers to book their spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.
After missing 14 of his first 15 shots in Game 6, there was no slow start for Tatum on Sunday, as he scored 25 points in the first half and 17 in the third quarter as the Celtics outscored the 76ers 33-10 to blow the game open.
It marked a disappointing end to the 76ers' season, who led 3-2 in the series before dropping two straight games, making it three losses in their last three Game 7s, while head coach Doc Rivers suffered a record 10th Game 7 loss.
With the NBA world watching on, here are the best reactions to the wild Game 7.
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Former Celtics Isiah Thomas and Paul Pierce had nothing but praise for Tatum's heroics.
50pt playoff games aren’t for everybody! Only a few know about that type of hoop!!!! #Levels— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) May 14, 2023
Tatum did what he was suppose to do! Real HOOP game. One of them killassssss— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) May 14, 2023
Damn @jaytatum0 woke up today and chose violence 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾wow— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) May 14, 2023
Make it right JT!!! AGAIN!— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) May 14, 2023
Go crazy JT— andre (@andre) May 14, 2023
Young Tatum left no doubt about it today!! Boy was flat out special my goodness!!! #51— Quentin Richardson (@QRich) May 14, 2023
Special, competes and as my man @MarkJonesESPN says Always on time! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 https://t.co/B7IqsgcTXI— Greg Anthony (@GregAnthony50) May 14, 2023
Why JT was not finalist in MVP race ??😳— Jusuf Nurkić 🇧🇦 (@bosnianbeast27) May 14, 2023
Tatum again!! 🔥🔥 BOS +28. Chauuuuu. 👋— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) May 14, 2023
Philly dropped the ball when they let Jimmy walk— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) May 14, 2023
Honestly I have never seen a team quit so quickly in my life https://t.co/8T7u1R2qdm— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) May 14, 2023
Former Sixer Ben Simmons was watching on as his former team fell to the Celtics.
Ben Simmons just posted this on his Instagram story. pic.twitter.com/iiTEbFno5H— The Liberty Line (@LibertyLinePHL) May 14, 2023