The Boston Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards in the play-in tournament to earn a playoff spot and a first round matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. Jayson Tatum dropped 50 points for the winners as he put a memorable performance.
After the win Celtics head coach Brad Stevens spoke highly of his next opponent. “We’ve been backs against the wall most of the year. And to have to play tonight to get into the playoffs just to earn the right to play probably the most talented team that’s been assembled since I’ve been in the NBA, it takes a lot of effort,” Stevens said, per Sean T. McGuire of NESN.