The Boston Celtics tied the series with the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4. The Celtics won the current champion 116:108 and, unlike Game 3, crowned this time with a comeback in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics were seven points behind after 36 minutes, before Alhorford and Jason Tatum in particular turned up the heat. Horford scored 30 points (11/14 FJ, 5/7 three times) and 8 rebounds, while Tatum scored 30 points (11/24, 3/10 three), 13 rebounds and 5 assists. The duo together scored 28 of the Celtics’ 43 points in the last period.
Jaylen Brown 18 points (5/11 FG) contributed to the win but also had serious problems. Marcus Smart also has 18 points (8/13), as well as 8 assists. On the other hand, for Daniel Theiss, it was a familiar evening, he missed all his five throws in 10 minutes.
On the other hand, Milwaukee was not enough for another strong performance by Giannis Antetokounmue (34, 14/32, 18 rebounds, 5 assists). The Greek also obviously ran out of juice in the fourth quarter, which is why he got a little break five minutes from the end. Jrue Holiday (16, 5/22, 9 assists) showed a lot of light defensively, but also a lot of shadows in attack. Brooke Lopez (17), Wesley Matthews (12, 3/4 three) and Pat Connaughton (11, 3/6 3P) also scored in doubles.
Grant Williams started at the Robert Williams center (knee problems), the Celtics had to make a change initially in the five. The Bucks, on the other hand, started out like firefighters, Holliday and Matthews exerted great pressure on the ocean, when all three went down and resulted in a double-digit advance. Aside from overwhelmed, hardly anything came from Tatum again, the Celtics seemed to be surprised. However, Milwaukee missed quite a bit (6/16 in the region) and only topped 25:18 after a quarter.
Horford and Tatum turned in the match for the Celtics
But the Celtics caught themselves. Fewer offensive rebounds were given and open triples were sunk. Horford, already Celtic’s best team in the third game, gave the visitors the first lead of the evening in the middle of the downtown section. Giannis was already on a double (15 counters, 11 boards), but bricks were thrown around. But the Greek also came under heavy pressure at his ends (4/11 only in the area). The Bucks are up 48-47 on the break, despite their 35 percent rate of fire.
Milwaukee came out of the locker room better again, Antetokounmpo took over as in Game 3 and pinned the three and four fouls to Brown within minutes. Tatum slowly found his rhythm on the other side, for the first time rocking his opponent Matthews in a run. The quarter still belonged to the Bucks star, who used his power to hit the basket at will, no matter who got in his way. Holiday pulled out a fifth offense against Brown at the end of the quarter, and Boston trimmed the difference to 73:80 before the final quarter.
With a 7-0 inning, Horford completed his slam, the Celtics bounced back. Then an open exchange of blows developed with several changes in leadership. The man of the hour was Horford, who scored his fifth goal of the night and followed it up soon after with an And-1 against Lopez. Everything was going well for Boston now that Tatum was suddenly on the spot. The striker scored 10 points in one minute, three minutes before the end, the guests were in double digits thanks to 14: 2. Antetokounmpo didn’t get a chance, so offense faltered and the Bucks didn’t get back into the game.
The most important stats
Milwaukee Bucks (3) – Boston Celtics (2) 108:116 (BOXSCORE), Series: 2-2
- The Bucks advanced into the break despite hitting only 35 percent of the field (BOS: 40 percent), scoring fewer than three pointers and sinking two fewer free throws. The difference was that Milwaukee had a whopping 51 throwing attempts in the net after 24 minutes. This was possible thanks to 10 offensive rebounds (BOS: 2) and 7 compulsory ball losses, which they used to gain 11 points.
- As in Game 3, Antetokounmpo took over in the third quarter. The Finals Player of the Year scored 13 points in the division while making foul after foul in his engines. The Celtics had no solution to this racial power, with the Bucks scoring 16 points in the area thanks largely to Giannis after only 20 points in the entire first half.
- Alhorford is a veteran in the playoffs but hasn’t scored 30 points before. You’ve now succeeded on your 132nd attempt, and no one has had to wait that long for your first 30-point match. The old record was 90 games, held by Clifford Robinson. Horford, at 35, is also the Celtics’ oldest 30-point scorer since the legendary John Havlicek (1977).
- Shooting the Bucks is still a problem. 33 percent of the distance (BOS: 38) was ultimately not enough for the champ, who barely hit a jump ball in this game. The Bucks hit 22/32 in the immediate vicinity of the ring, but out of all the other areas it was just under 27 percent. In the end, ten throws more than the opponent was not enough.
- The Bucks’ defense is the best in the NBA this post-season, but that wasn’t evident in the fourth quarter. Admittedly, the Celtics were also very hot, and there was no other way to explain the 42 points with an 84 percent shot (16/19 FG, 4/5 three, 7/7 FT). It was by far the best visitor quarter in this series.
Pax vs Celtics: The sound of the game
Mike Budenholzer (Pax coach) at Horford: “I have a lot of respect for him and his game. He was angry the whole match today.”
Al Horford (Celtics) on immersing Antetokounmpo against him: “The way he looked at me and the way she was going in that moment, I didn’t like it. She flipped a switch for me.”
The star of the game: Alhorford
He is by far the best Boston player in the series. The 35-year-old set a personal post-season record with 30 points (former 26), but his impact has extended far beyond that. He couldn’t stop Antetokounmpo, but he stopped every now and then. His shot against the Bucks is still a key aspect, with five three-pointers in a playoff with Boston’s No. 42.
Game failure: Grayson Allen
In a series where there is no place for limited players defensively, it is difficult for Allen. Boston attacked the goalkeeper at every opportunity and if he didn’t pose any threat from the outside there was no point in playing with him. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer saw things differently and allowed Allen to play for a few minutes in the fourth quarter. In the end he was 29, scoring just 7 points (3/7 FG, 1/4 three). Honorable Mention: The occasional wild shot selection and deciding on the attack.
It is said that this man will be 36 years old soon? Al Horford plays a series of monsters and Deconstructing an immersion early in the fourth quarter has not been seen in years. From the three-point streak, Big Man made the move to the basket after a fake foul on Giannis and stuffing the previous year’s defender with mistakes and too much power. Then he put a T for Horford, who he probably didn’t forget Antetokounmpo also submerged over the Celtics big minutes ago.
Celtics vs. Bucks: A Quick Look at the Series
|1||May 1||it’s 19||Boston Celtics||Milwaukee Bucks||89: 101|
|2||May 4||1 o’clock||Boston Celtics||Milwaukee Bucks||109: 86|
|3||May 7||9:30 pm||Milwaukee Bucks||Boston Celtics||103: 101|
|4||the tenth of may||1:30||Milwaukee Bucks||Boston Celtics||108: 116|
|5||May 12||1 o’clock||Boston Celtics||Milwaukee Bucks||–|
|6||May 14||to be announced later on||Milwaukee Bucks||Boston Celtics||–|
|7 *||May 16||to be announced later on||Boston Celtics||Milwaukee Bucks||–|