'Nobody is satisfied': Jayson Tatum focuses on task at hand as Celtics take commanding 3-0 series lead vs Mavericks

Published June 13, 2024, 1:22 PMPao Ambat

Jayson Tatum is one win away from his first NBA title.

Jayson Tatum dropped his first 30-point game of this NBA Finals series in a Celtics' Game 3 win over the Mavericks.

Moments after Game 3 was over, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown shared a long hug mid court as the Boston Celtics averted a monumental collapse late.

Tatum finally broke out of his shooting slump, and brought himself an inch closer towards a much-coveted first NBA title.

“Just showing the emotions of the game. We just say however long it takes,” Tatum spoke after the Celtics 106-99 Game 3 win over the Mavericks in Dallas for a commanding 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals.

The Boston superstar exploded for 31 points after just averaging 17 points in the first two Finals games. He added six rebounds and five assists.

“At that moment, I just told him I’m proud of him and he said the same thing and we got to keep fighting… We’re not relaxing or anything like that.”

It looked as though the Celtics were going to cruise to a third straight victory in the series, holding a 21-point lead early in the fourth quarter at 91-70 with 11:01 left.

But Dallas surged back, riding a 22-2 spurt to get within a point in the final frame, but the Mavs’ comeback attempt took a big hit when superstar Luka Doncic fouled out with a little over four minutes remaining.

The Celtics hanged on late for a 10th straight playoff win.

“Not really trying to look too much into it,” Tatum said. “The game of basketball is about runs. It’s never going to go like you expected. If you want to be a champion, you have to be resilient in those situations, and we did that tonight.”

Brown added 30 points and the duo combined for 61 points, but the 26-year-old remained grounded despite the win.

“Nobody is satisfied. Just however long it takes, that is our motto.”

Boston started slow, overcoming an early 25-12 hole in the opening frame before ending the quarter on a 18-6 run.

“They came out swinging,” Tatum said. “That was to be expected. They were at home, the crowd was behind them. We expected their first punch.”

Game 4 of the NBA Finals will be held on Saturday June 15, at 8:30 a.m. It will be aired LIVE on One Sports, NBA TV Philippines, RPTV, and the Pilipinas Live app.