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Marietta's Jaylen Brown steals the show on Christmas Day

The Celtics forward led the team with 30 points in a win over the Raptors.
Credit: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

It was a massive Christmas Day for Marietta native Jaylen Brown.

The 23-year-old kicked off the NBA's slate of Christmas showcase games by leading the Boston Celtics to a big win over the Toronto Raptors in a meeting of top Eastern Conference contenders.

He had 27 points on 9-of-10 shooting through three quarters, and finished with 30, six rebounds and four assists.

In the course of doing that, he produced a number of highlights, including this dizzying crossover:

His full highlights - which also feature a wildly difficult turnaround fadeaway jumper at the third quarter buzzer - are worth checking out:

The former Wheeler High standout is experiencing something of a breakout season for the Celtics, after an uneven season last year. Before the Christmas Day game, which will have boosted his stats, he already had career highs of nearly 20 points a game, seven rebounds and almost two-and-a-half assists.

He was also shooting a career high 50.4 percent, which will also go up after his 10-of-13 overall shooting afternoon.

The small forward is rewarding Boston after the team gave him a four-year contract extension in October reportedly worth $115 million.

"No wonder Danny Ainge was ready to get Jaylen Brown contract out the way before the season!" NBA commentator Kendrick Perkins, a former Celtic, wrote on Twitter. "Young fella is definitely in his bag and shining on this  beautiful Christmas afternoon!!!" 


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