In the absence of his All-Star teammate, Jayson Tatum carried a bit of extra weight in helping the Boston Celtics sneak past the Washington Wizards with a 111-110 victory.
According to ESPN Stats and Info, Tatum’s game-winner against Washington was his third go-ahead field goal in the final five seconds of a game this season.
Of course, these totals don’t include instances outside the five-second timeframe but still exude the same brand of clutchness, like when Tatum sank two free-throws with 14.8 seconds remaining to secure the Indiana Pacers’ first loss of the season on December 29th. It doesn’t include spoiled moments like when Tatum gave Boston the lead with just 11.4 seconds left in an eventual loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime.
The Celtics have been no stranger to the circumstances of these heroics, a product of an isolation-centric roster heavily reliant on its dynamic duo and the result of participating in the most games that fall under the clutch qualifications – final five minutes of a game and the score within five points either way.