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On this day: Bird goes for 32 points, Tatum 33 more, and IT for 33

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The first of the trio was Boston’s iconic champion forward Larry Bird, who exploded on a hapless Milwaukee Bucks squad visiting the Celtics at the old Boston Garden on this date in 1988, which they would lose in no small part due to Larry Legend’s scoring in a massive, 132 – 96 blowout.

19 years later in 2017, Celtics fan favorite point guard Isaiah Thomas did Boston 1 point better by scoring 33 points against the Detroit Pistons on the road, driving Boston to a 104 – 98 win.

Three years to the day of that performance, All-NBA Celtics swingman Jayson Tatum put up a 33-point performance of his own against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Duke product also logged 11 rebounds while shooting 13-of-20 from the field and 3-of-5 from 3-point range to deliver the road win to Boston.

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