Jayson Tatum, Celtics beat Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks in all-time duel to force decisive Game 7
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Milwaukee vs. Boston deserves a Recreation 7.
And that’s what their Japanese Convention semifinal sequence will get.
The Celtics defeated the Bucks 108-95 in Recreation 6 on Friday, forcing a series-deciding seventh recreation.
Recreation 7 is Sunday in Boston (3:30 p.m. ET), and the winner will play the Miami Warmth within the convention finals. Each groups have gained on the highway, however no group has gained consecutive video games on this sequence. Boston must just do that to get again to the convention finals for the second time in three seasons.
Placing away the defending champs gained’t be simple both. However they’ve held greater than their very own to this point, successful an elimination recreation on the highway in Recreation 6.
Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with a game-high 46 factors. Marcus Good added 21 factors, and Jaylen Brown had 22 factors. They’d 89 of Boston’s 107 factors.
Listed below are 5 key takeaways from Recreation 6:
Tatum brings his A recreation
With the Celtics’ season on the road, their finest participant had an amazing recreation, the sort a blossoming famous person ought to have in that circumstance.
Tatum scored 9 factors within the first quarter and 9 within the second quarter and completed with 18 factors, 5 rebounds and three assists within the first half.
Within the second half, he had 28 factors giving him an MVP-caliber stat line: 46 factors (17-for-32 taking pictures), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a block.
Within the fourth quarter, he made two large photographs because the shot clock was about to run out — a baseline jumper giving Boston an 87-81 lead and a 3-pointer placing the Celtics up 90-83. It was a part of 11 consecutive Celtics factors that had been obligatory as Milwaukee had reduce a double-digit deficit to 2 possessions within the fourth quarter.
3-ball makes a distinction
The Celtics had a 10-point halftime lead, and the 3-pointer was the primary purpose. Boston shot 11-for-25 on 3s, and the Bucks had been simply 3-for-18 — a 24-point distinction over 24 minutes.
Tatum made seven 3s, Good 5 and Brown 4. The Celtics’ sizzling 3-point taking pictures cooled off a bit within the second half, however they nonetheless made 17 and shot 39.5% for the sport. The Bucks made simply seven 3s at a 24.1% charge. That’s not going to win many playoff video games.
Antetokounmpo excellent begin to end
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 factors within the first seven minutes. Milwaukee missed its first 5 photographs, however Antetokounmpo scored the primary six factors, going 6-for-6 on free throws. He was aggressive driving to the basket, drawing contact and getting the whistle.
Then, he began hitting photographs — 4 in a row.
He completed with 44 factors, 20 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal. He shot 14-for-30 from the sphere, 2-for-3 on 3-point makes an attempt and linked on 14-for-15 from the free-throw line.
It was his third 40-point recreation of the sequence and the primary 40-point, 20-rebound playoff recreation since Shaquille O’Neal did it in 2001. That’s what MVPs do. However …
Not sufficient assist for Antetokounmpo
Halfway by the third quarter, Antetokounmpo had 23 factors and Jrue Vacation 14, and never one different Buck had greater than six factors.
Clearly, the Bucks are lacking Khris Middleton (sprained left knee) and his absence hurts offensively and defensively.
Pat Connaughton ended up with 14 factors, the one different Bucks participant with greater than six factors.
Grayson Allen misfired on six of his seven photographs, together with 4 missed 3s, and the Bucks had been outscored by 29 factors in his 22 minutes on the courtroom. The Celtics additionally outscored the Bucks by 22 factors with Brook Lopez on the ground.
Change in officers
Veteran and revered NBA official Scott Foster was scheduled to name Recreation 6 however was not out there because of a non-COVID associated sickness, in accordance with the league.
Eric Lewis moved into the crew chief position, Ben Taylor into the referee position and Tre Maddox into the umpire position.
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