Sunday night held the NBA All-Star Game and the most prominent players in the league came out to shine.
However, none of them shined brighter than Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics.
Tatum, already in the running for the NBA MVP trophy this season, could hardly miss on Sunday.
Jayson Tatum is your 2023 NBA All Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award Winner
71% FG (22/31)
55.6% 3FG (10/18)
He breaks the record for most points all time in an all star game which was previously 52 by Anthony Davis in 2017 pic.twitter.com/nPkl1vlPR3
— Coast 2 Coast (@Coast2CoastNBA) February 20, 2023
Tatum scored 55 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists while shooting 71% from the field and 55.6% from the three-point line.
With that, Tatum broke the record for the most points all time in an All-Star Game, surpassing Anthony Davis who posted 52 back in 2017.
Of course, Tatum’s honors continued on Sunday when he was awarded the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP trophy.
The fact that Tatum won such a highly-coveted prize is a big deal but it’s made even more significant by the fact that he has always idolized Bryant.
“My first All-Star Game was in Chicago in 2020 when they renamed the MVP after him, and I remember telling myself that someday I got to get one of those,” Tatum told ESPN.
Thanks to the hard work of Tatum and others, Team LeBron lost their first game ever.
Tatum has been having one amazing season so far, averaging 30.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists a game.
He has been one of the best players in the league and has helped his Celtics surge to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
Unsurprisingly, he was Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first pick for the team.
And Antetokounmpo got exactly what he expected, as Tatum was hot-handed all night long, with no defender on Team LeBron able to slow him down.NEXT: Jayson Tatum Made NBA History Sunday Night