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Kemba Walker calls Jayson Tatum 'a superstar' after standout performance in Boston Celtics' Game 7 win

In a nail-biting Game 7, the Boston Celtics edged out the Toronto Raptors to make their third Conference Finals appearance in four years.

There were a number of key plays down the stretch that helped the Celtics ice the game. Jayson Tatum's offensive rebound after rookie Grant Williams missed the second of his two attempts was one of them. The 22-year-old was then fouled and calmly knocked down a pair of crucial free-throws.

Tatum led both teams with 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in 44 minutes of playing time.

It marked Tatum's fourth 20-10 game of the 2020 postseason and the second consecutive game with at least 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, having recorded 29/14/9 in Game 6.

"He's a superstar," Celtics guard Kemba Walker said of Tatum postgame. "He showed it tonight. Anybody who doubted it? He showed it tonight."

Those figures helped Tatum become the second-youngest player ever and the first since Kobe Bryant (2000) with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a Game 7.

"That's great company to be in," Tatum said in his postgame interview with TNT's Inside the NBA panelists.

That's not the only all-time company he joined: Tatum became the fifth player in NBA history to have at least 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in a Game 7 win, joining Larry Bird, James Worthy, Elgin Baylor and LeBron James.

In just his third season in the NBA, Tatum will make his second Conference Finals appearance. The Celtics lost the 2018 Conference Finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games.

What will happen this time against the Jimmy Butler-led Miami Heat? Both teams suit up for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday, September 15.

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