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Silver lining of 2020-21: Jayson Tatum took another leap

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It was an impressive shot with Giannis Antetokounmpo draped all over him, one that would set a foundation of clutch moments Tatum built on numerous times throughout the season. In the final 10 seconds of a game and the score within two points or less, no player over the course of the regular season scored more points than Tatum’s 14.

That’s what great players do,” Kemba Walker said after Tatum’s game-winner against Washington. “

Over the course of the regular season, Tatum averaged 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game, all career-highs.

Though his free-throw attempts per game had increased for a third straight season to 5.3, Tatum took his foul-drawing exploits to a new level in the playoffs with nearly 10 a game over the five-game series, perhaps an indicator of the easy points that are to come as soon as next year.

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