Video: Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Reacts to ‘Hell of a Win’ vs. Pacers in Game 1 of ECF

Timothy LogoFeatured Columnist IVMay 22, 2024

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 21: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics reacts during the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 21, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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The Boston Celtics were about 30 seconds away from losing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, at home, against the Indiana Pacers.

Trailing by three, Jayson Tatum missed a three-point attempt with 36.1 seconds remaining. But on the ensuing possession, Tyrese Haliburton turned the ball over. The Celtics then missed two shots, but the Pacers again turned the ball over on an inbounds play.

That set up the key moment in the contest, as Jaylen Brown sunk a game-tying three with about six seconds remaining. Haliburton got off a poor, contested attempt on the final possession, the game went into overtime and the Celtics eked out a 133-128 victory.


Watch EVERY ANGLE of Jaylen Brown’s WILD 3-pointer to send Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals to overtime!#NBAConferenceFinals presented by Google Pixel

And Tatum—who scored 10 of his 36 points in the extra frame—couldn’t believe the wild scenes that ensued in the win:


“That – was crazy… that was a hell of a win.”

JT sounds off on the Game 1 OT win!#NBAConferenceFinals presented by Google Pixel

If the rest of the series is just as dramatic, NBA fans are in for a real treat. Well, expect for the nervous folks in both Boston and Indiana, chewing their fingernails to the bone as these games come down to the wire.

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