Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum showed his respect for Stephen Curry after the game on Saturday night as he underlined that the Golden State Warriors is "one of the all-time greats." Curry dropped 47 points on Saturday night but it wasn't enough as Tatum scored 44 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 119-114 win.
"Just mutual respect," Tatum said, when
asked about the conversation he and Curry had on the court inside TD Garden afterward. "Obviously two big performances. I was glad that we got the win, but obviously he's one of the all-time greats.
"Just to earn his respect and get a win on the same night ... it was a good night."
Warriors coach enjoyed watching Curry and Tatum
"First of all, I'm in awe of what I watched tonight," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
"From a skill level and level of competition, it felt like a playoff game out there. Both teams were just gassed and competed like crazy, and just incredible shot-making, particularly from Steph and Jayson. So what a basketball game.
It hurts to lose, but I told the team I feel like they got better tonight." The Celtics haven't had a great season but now they are on a six-game winning streak. "I think the number one reason for our little run here is we've been, for the most part, healthier," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said.
"Now tonight we were a little bit less, but we just missed a lot of guys earlier in the year. And I know that sounds like an excuse. I hope it doesn't. I think what we tried to do is stay afloat as well as we could and hope that we get to a time where we get a little bit healthier and put together some weeks of good basketball.
Throughout all that our guys have done an incredible job of staying together. And when that happens, and then you get a little momentum, then you have a tendency to respond when you don't feel great." Curry also praised Tatum.
"I just told him he's super tough, man," Curry said. "You can tell the game has slowed down for him. Just in the way he picks and chooses his spots and how he kind of manages the game. He's shooting the ball a lot better from the perimeter, but when that game slows down, I don't know if it's four or five years in, whatever he is, that's when you become lethal. "With your skill set, his size, their system features him, so he's a supreme talent. Supreme talent."