Published November 21, 2023 01:32 AM
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 20: LaMelo Ball #1 of the Charlotte Hornets drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA game against the Boston Celtics at Spectrum Center on November 20, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Jensen/Getty Images)
Jayson Tatum looked like an MVP candidate and was the best player on the court in Charlotte Monday — 31 points and nine rebounds even before halftime. But even while he was doing all that, LaMelo Ball was putting on a show for the home fans and keeping his team close.
As the game wore on, the fact that the Celtics were playing the second night of a road back-to-back and their third game in four nights started to catch up with them. Still, Boston led by nine with two minutes left thanks to a monster night from Tatum.
Jayson Tatum has passed Tom Heinsohn for the 2nd most games in Celtics franchise history with 40+ points and 10+ rebounds:
Larry Bird (29)
Jayson Tatum (8)
Tom Heinsohn (7) https://t.co/7SUbCAOw3b
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) November 21, 2023
It wasn’t enough, some questionable decisions — why did Joe Mazzulla pull Kristaps Porzingis? — and missed shots opened the door for a Hornets comeback, and Ball forced OT.
In the end, Ball finished with 36 points and the Hornets got the much needed upset win.