The curtain comes down on the Boston Celtics' season, but rookie Jayson Tatum's star remains on the rise.
Tatum was Boston's best player throughout the post-season and stepped up when it mattered in Game 7, posting 24 points and seven rebounds, leading the Cetlics' charge from the opening tip.
LeBron James saw first-hand just how much of a handful Tatum was, spending plenty of time guarding the rookie and he had nothing but praise for the 20-year-old after the 87-79 Game 7 win.
"I just love everything about the kid," James said. "The way he plays the game, his demeanour, where he come from, you know. I know his parents, and I just know that he's built for stardom."
"He's built for success and that's both on and off the floor."
"He's built for stardom."@KingJames on Jayson Tatum pic.twitter.com/vEGh1C2Fd9- NBA TV (@NBATV) May 28, 2018
Tatum did everything he could to push the Celtics over the line down the stretch, coming up with this highlight reel dunk over James in the fourth quarter.
😵 JAYSON. TATUM. TAKES. FLIGHT. 😵#CUsRise #NBARooks pic.twitter.com/PbV6RfrxjI- NBA (@NBA) May 28, 2018
"I had to get him back for the two shots he hit on me in Cleveland," Tatum said, referring to LeBron's late-game heroics in Game 6. "I meant no disrespect by it. Just in the moment, made a play. Just showing emotion."
LeBron finished the game with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists to book his eighth-straight trip to the NBA Finals, extending his reign over the Eastern Conference.
The King made a point to seek out Tatum after the final buzzer, a gesture Tatum says meant a lot to him.
"That was a special moment for me," Tatum said. "It's my first year in the league. I grew up watching LeBron and asking him to follow me back on Twitter, going to his camps. So just to be able to compete against a player like him and be a few shots away from beating him and his team to go to a championship is something I will always remember."