Jayson Tatum’s Celtics’ celebration reminiscent of Kevin Garnett




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Tatum shared a touching moment celebrating with his son.

Jayson Tatum’s Celtics’ celebration reminiscent of Kevin Garnett
Al Horford and Jayson Tatum celebrate in the final moments of Game 5 of the NBA Finals as the Celtics clinched a championship. Elsa/Getty Images

Jayson Tatum and the Celtics reached the confetti-filled moment of blissful celebration after the 106-88 Game 5 win in the NBA Finals officially clinched Boston’s 18th championship.

Tatum, who has shouldered one of the heaviest burdens on the team for years, looked emotionally overwhelmed when it was finally official. Cameras captured some of Tatum’s reactions.

The 26-year-old superstar wept tears of joy in the closing seconds alongside Al Horford:

Immediately following the end of the game, confetti poured down from the rafters (where a new banner will soon hang), adding to the surreal atmosphere. Lost in the moment, Tatum’s son, Deuce, got his attention. Tatum held him high and could be heard telling Deuce, “We did it.”

Speaking in an on-court interview a few moments later, Tatum reiterated his message. And this time, he shouted it in what appeared to be an emphatic homage to Kevin Garnett’s iconic 2008 celebration.

Instead of “Anything is possible,” Tatum’s was simply, “We did it!”

Tatum totaled 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds as the Celtics clinched the title in front of home fans at TD Garden. He became the first Celtic in NBA Finals history to notch at least 30 points and 10 assists.

The 2024 championship represents a culmination of years of effort for Tatum. Having been drafted as a 19-year-old by the Celtics third overall in 2017 — partly the result of the famous 2013 trade with the Nets — Tatum quickly became a central component of Boston’s roster.

Now in his seventh season, he’s made five All-Star teams and five postseason runs that went at least to the Eastern Conference Finals. Yet despite having reached the Finals in 2022, Tatum and Boston hadn’t been able to break through fully with a championship.

From the start of the season, the 2023-2024 Celtics appeared to be a cut above the rest of the league. Boston won 64 games in the regular season, and put together a dominant playoff run. With the win in Game 5, the Celtics closed the playoffs with a 16-3 mark on the way to the first championship since Garnett’s time in 2008.





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