On September 26, Beijing time, in the fifth game of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics beat the Heat 121-108, chasing the series to 2-3. In this game, Celtics star Jason Tatum played 43 minutes, 8 of 22 shots, 31 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Among them, Tatum scored 17 points in a single quarter in the third quarter, creating a personal record of scoring in a single quarter in the playoffs.
According to statistics, Tatum has scored 30+ points 5 times so far in the playoffs this season, the first in team history since Kevin McHale in the 1987-88 season.
After the game, Tatum was interviewed with a heavy ice bag tied to his right knee.
He said: "The performance of Tys and Kanter is very important today. They are playing with all their strength. Especially Kanter, he never knows when he will be on the court, but he always plays with great energy."
Tatum said that he hadn't slept much in the past few days. He said: "We are behind 1-3, and you will not feel happy when you are behind 1-3. I just want to play. The outstanding performance in the third quarter won the team. The ball is very important. We started from the defensive end and this has driven the team."