With Jayson Tatum out for Sunday night’s game against the Magic, the Celtics would have to rely heavily on Jaylen Brown to carry them.
And the 6-foot-6 wing answered the call, went big and led the team to a 116-111 overtime home win.
Their highest performance in their career improved the team’s inconsistent record to 18-19 and gave them their first series of consecutive victories in more than a month.
Here’s a look at some of Brown’s notable performance stats:
11: 50-point games in Celtics history
Brown’s 50 piece against the Magic is the 11th 50-point game in franchise history with Brown becoming the seventh player to join the illustrious roster that already includes Larry Bird, Jayson Tatum, Isaiah Thomas, Sam Jones, Kevin McHale and Paul Pierce.
The highest count of Brown’s career is tied with Stephen Curry for the second highest by any player in the league this season, trailing only Kevin Durant’s 51-point performance in Detroit on Dec. 12.
Also put Brown alongside Curry as the only players this season have multiple 45-point games in the NBA this season.
4: 50-10 games in Celtics history
Along with the 50, Brown also finished with 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks while playing 46 of the possible 53 minutes.
His 50-11 double-double put him alongside an elite company in franchise history.
21: Brown’s fourth quarter points
At first, it seemed like Boston was taking care of business, as they had their biggest lead of 14 in the first half. However, the Magic fought back and even held their biggest lead of 14 in the fourth quarter.
Despite the counterattack, Brown had other ideas and took over late.
Brown had 21 points in the fourth quarter, almost beating the Magic (23) by itself. During the last 7:12 minutes of the fourth quarter, he scored all but four of the 25 team final points, which took them out of their 14-point deficit.
In overtime, during the final two minutes, Brown scored or assisted in seven of the team’s 11 points, including this eye-catching pass behind his back to Josh Richardson in transition.
19: the highest field goals of Brown’s career
With this game, several of Brown’s career highs have come against the Orlando Magic. After scoring a career-high 10 3-pointers in March 2021, Brown scored a career-high 19 field goals in this game.
For a 50-point performance, Brown had remarkable shooting efficiency: 65.5 percent from the field (19 of 29), 50.0 percent (5 of 10) from beyond the arc, and 87.5 percent (7 of 8) from. the free throw line.
This outing eclipses Brown’s previous record of 46 points, which he set in a double overtime loss on the opening night of the 2021-22 season.