With 43-28 points in the last run, the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 116-108 away and tied the Eastern Conference semifinals 2-2, with Alhorford scoring 16 of 30 points to finish fourth. Jason Tatum made 12, and Marcus Smart, named Defender of the Year, added 9. Heavy artillery even for the Bucks, who have the most efficient defense in the playoffs so far.
Tatum finished with a total of 30 points, plus 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Smart earned 18 points and 8 assists. Another Jaylen Brown contributed 18. Boston started the last period behind him on the scoreboard by 7 points, but imposed an avalanche in the final stretch. And the midfield didn’t have Robert Williams, due to a right knee injury, but Alhorford more than made up for his absence from the paint.
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On the other hand, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists, but that was not enough. Brooke Lopez teamed up with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Junior Holiday with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. The team held out against the Celtics as best they could, but the defense was unable to maintain its level in the last 12 minutes. Khris Middleton is staying out with a knee injury and will not return in the series.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 8 pm in Boston. Game 6 is guaranteed and will be back in Milwaukee on Friday. If a Game 7 is needed, it will take place on Sunday at the Celtics’ home. Whoever wins the series will face the winner of the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers, who also tied 2-2.
Jason Tatum climbs into a dunk atop Brooke Lopez – Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images
Giannis Anticonmo (34 points, 18 res, 5 ASTs)
Brooke Lopez (17 points, 7 reps)
Junior Holiday (16 points, 7 res, 9 steals, 3 steals)
Wesley Matthews (12 points)
Pat Connaughton (11 points, 7 reps)
Jason Tatum (30 points, 13 res, 5 sts)
Horford (30 points, 8 res, 5 baskets of three)
Marcus Smart (18 points, 8 points)
Jaylene Brown (18 points)
Derek White (11 points, 4 reps)
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Jason Tatum steps onto the pitch (Photo: Stacy Revere/Getty Images
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Second Chance Points
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39/94 bucks (41.5%)
Celtex 42/84 (50%)
9/27 Bucks (33.3%)
Celtex 14/37 (37.8%)
Bucks 21/27 (77.8%)
Celtics 18/20 (90%)
Scoring chart – Photo: NBA
First period – $25 to $18: Milwaukee started hot and drove from start to finish. Giannis scored 6 points and 5 rebounds. Horford scored 7 on the other side. Boston abused turnover (5-2), which earned 7 points for the Bucks versus just 2 for the Celtics. Visitors took 9 shots from the ocean and hit only 2.
Second period – Celtics 29 to 23: Boston was more effective in the second half, with 4 of 11 perimeters and only 2 spins. The Tatum star did not exceed 9 points in the first half and suffers in the series. Giannis scored 9 in the second quarter alone for a total of 15, plus 11 rebounds. Score from 48 to 47 dollar in the first half.
Giannis Antetokumbu dunks in a Bucks game – Photo: Michael McCallon-USA Today Sports
Third Period – $32 to $26Giannis scored 13 points in the partial and led the home team into fourth place for their best attack to date. On the other side, Tatum scored 9 goals for a total of 18. Jaylene Brown made his fifth late foul and had to leave the field. The Bucks defense once again showed why it was the best in the playoffs. He scores from 80 to 73.
Fourth Quarter – Celtics 43 to 28Al Horford scored 14 points in the first three quarters combined. He scored 16 in the last round alone. Tatum scored 18 and added 12. Smart scored 9 points. The green avalanche was more than Milwaukee could handle. The Celtics overcame the Bucks’ defensive strength and regained their court advantage in the series.
Game 1 (5/1) – Celtics 101 x $89
Game 2 (5/3) – Celtics 109 x 86 bucks
Game 3 (5/7) – 103 bucks x 101 Celtics
Game 4 (05/09) – Bucks 108 x 116 Celtics
Game 5 (5/11) – Celtics vs Bucks at 8pm
Match 6 (13/05) – Bucks vs Celtics, 8pm
Game 7 (5/15) – Celtics v Bucks, time to be determined (if needed)
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