September 26, Beijing time, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics defeated the Heat 121-108. Celtics starting small forward Jason Tatum played 43 minutes, 8 of 22 shots, 12 of 14 free throws, 31 points (17 points from the third quarter), plus 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
After losing the fourth game of this series, the Celtics were driven to a desperate situation. In the first half of the game, the Heat still took the initiative on the court, leading the Celtics by 7 points.
But in the third quarter, the Celtics suddenly broke out, especially Tatum. He made 4 of 6 shots, 2 of 3 three-pointers, 7 of 7 free throws, and scored 17 points. Under the leadership of Tatum, the Celtics played the Heat 41-25 in a single quarter, and the situation was completely reversed.
According to statistics: The Celtics scored 41 points in a single quarter and created the team's highest scoring record in a single quarter in the playoffs this year. At the same time, they beat their opponents by 16 points in the third quarter, which also tied the team. In this year's playoffs, the biggest point difference in a single quarter over the opponent.
In the end, the Celtics defeated the Heat 121-108 and changed the total score to 2-3 behind. Tatum made 8 of 22 shots, 12 of 14 free throws, and scored 31 points (17 points from the third quarter), plus 10 rebounds and 6 assists.
It is worth mentioning that this is Tatum's second consecutive game in the third quarter. In the last game, he shot 6 of 8 in the third quarter, 2 of 2 three-pointers, and scored 16 points.