Duke basketball: Jayson Tatum does it all in Game Three victory

Duke basketball forward Jayson Tatum (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball forward Jayson Tatum (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) /

It was an all-around outstanding night for Duke basketball product Jayson Tatum. 

The series shifted to Boston and Duke basketball superstar Jayson Tatum felt right at home in Game Three of the NBA Finals.

After a surprising victory in Game One and blowout loss in Game Two, the Boston Celtics were looking to seize control of the series once again and the home team came out of the gates scorching from the field.

Boston was able to build an 12-point lead at halftime but the lethal third quarter Warriors came out of the locker room to blitz the Celtics and turn its deficit into a 1-point lead.

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However, Boston would once again flip the script on Golden State in the fourth quarter by 12 points, winning 116-100.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics in the first half but it was the presence and offensive prowess of Jayson Tatum in the second half to carry Boston to victory.

Tatum played 41 minutes and poured in 26 points, six rebounds, and nine assists on 9-of-23 shooting from the field and 3-of-9 shooting from 3-point range.

The former Blue Devil only scored 12 points in the Game One victory and led the way with 28 points in the Game Two defeat.

Duke basketball star makes more NBA history

Each time Jayson Tatum steps on the floor it feels like he becomes a part of NBA history and Wednesday night was no different.

Tatum, Brown, and Marcus Smart became the first trio of teammates since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper to each have at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in an NBA Finals game.

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The Los Angeles Lakers trio accomplished the feat in the 1984 Finals.

Boston will have a chance to fully seize control of the NBA Finals on Friday, June 10 in Game Four at the TD Garden at 9:00 p.m. EST on ABC.

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