Jason Tatum isn’t in the mood for a vacation yet! The Celtics star pulled off a Boston win 108-95 with an impressive fourth quarter, resulting in his team’s 7 win. He’s challenging strong Giannis Antetokounmpo, who, however, is too much on his own.
Tatum finished the match with 46 points (17/32 FG, 7/15 three-pointers), 9 rebounds and 4 assists, only Sam Jones in Celtic’s long qualifying history to score more points in an elimination match (47). Jaylene Brown (22) and Marcus Smart (21, 7 assists) provided support, and Derek White (9, 5 rebounds) also provided a solid performance. Daniel Theis was allowed to play for 10 minutes and scored 4 points and 2 rebounds.
Tatum scored 16 points in the closing period alone as Boston nearly lost a comfortable lead again. But the 24-year-old gave the correct answer with one bird after another and narrowly beat Antetokounmpo. The Greek had 44 points (14/30 FG), 20 plates and 6 assists. But other than that, Jrue Holiday (17, 7/17 FG) and Pat Connaughton (14, 6/8 FG) scored in double digits.
Once again, Boston had to dispense with Robert Williams (knee), who was replaced by Grant Williams in the starting lineup as before. The Bucks started with the usual line-up. The game started a little late due to the shot clock failure on the backboard. As an alternative, the auditorium staff installed two clocks on the floor, each of which were placed in the corners next to the seats. Basket shot clocks run again only in the second half.
Boston began to take cover from a distance – and relied almost exclusively on the trio. The visitors’ first eight shots came from downtown, five into the basket, giving the Celtics an early lead. But Giannis is hardly unstoppable on the other side. Boston only sank on its first two-point attempt after nearly six minutes, but Antetokounmue and Holiday hit back with $3 in the evening. Boston responded 17 points for Giannis with eight three-pointers in the first quarter, which went to the Celtics 28:26.
Jason Tatum Towers – Boston Force 7
Guests really picked where they left off. There were several three-sets early in the second half, and Tatum in particular seemed to have no desire for an early exit in the playoff. With Boston pulled up to +10, throwing luck is lost for now. However, with the Bucks supporting team with Antetokounmpo on the bench remained quite cold, the guests went into the first half break at 53:43.
The start of the second half returns to Boston. The Celtics quickly increased their lead to 18 points, while Antetokounmpo received his fourth foul. Still, the Greek stayed on the field, the Milwaukee started running when the shooting in Boston finally calmed down. With more ball movement and multiple penetrations, things went better for the Celtics striker – 82:70 for Boston.
Antetokounmpo set the tone for the final section with a dipping label, Connaughton shortened downtown to -6, and the Fiserv Forum trembled. Especially when Giannis followed up with a wide open threesome. The Celtics were now just a solo show – Tatum is delivered with great shot making.
Brown single-handedly kept the Bucks at bay, providing vital support from downtown and back to +11 halfway. The Celtics didn’t let that lead away, Bucks fans left the hall early. The important seventh game will now take place on Sunday, reporting at 9:30 PM GST.
The most important stats
Milwaukee Bucks (3) – Boston Celtics (2) 108: 95 (BOXSCORE), Series: 3-3
- Boston’s focus on the Triple Pointer is nothing new in the series, but visitors have taken the game to the next level. Successfully: 8 out of 10 goals in the first quarter came from Dreierland. Anyway, the logo was triathlons or ball throws. In the first half, the Celts sent only 4 doubles out of the area in the trip, but 25 triples and 14 attempts in the area.
- But this only worked because Boston had a good shooting evening at first. After the hot start, the Celtics cooled down noticeably, but in the end they stayed at 17/43 from downtown (39.5 percent). However, the advantage over the Bucks was enormous, with the home team almost never converging from distance (29/7, 24.1 percent).
- At first the Bostonians made life difficult for themselves by losing the ball, and the Bucks punished them with a good transition game. After 4 layoffs in the first quarter, the Celtics took hold of this issue (a total of 8 turnovers) and Milwaukee could no longer have easy points. In the half of the field, the hosts sometimes had massive problems against the Celtics’ strong defense, which often built a wall in front of Giannis.
- Antetokounmpo received little help. Aside from Connaughton and to a lesser extent Holiday, there wasn’t really a Bucks role player on hand. Giannis scored nearly as many points as the rest of the team (44:51), while Non Giannis and the Non-Connaughton Bucks scored only 16/50 from the field (32 percent). The Greek became the first NBA star to score 40/20 in a playoff game since Shaquille O’Neal in 2001.
- As for any stats, historically, as far as a 7 game goes, the Celtics have the advantage. The traditional franchise has a record of 24-9 in a very important game, while the Bucks are 3-8.
NBA Playoffs – Bucks vs Sixers: Votes
Jason Tatum (Celtics): “I planned no regrets. I tried to do what had to be done. They were tougher in the fourth quarter than the fifth game, that was on my mind. It was on everyone’s mind. Our season was picking up the poor.”
Giannis Anticonmo (bucks) on Tatum: “It was amazing. Now I have to lead my team in match 7. No matter what happens, we will grow from it. So I will play freely.”
Star of the game: Jason Tatum
The 24-year-old, meanwhile, had a small phase of weakness, but he shook it in time for the fourth quarter. When the Bucks threatened to change the game, Tatum was there. His answer: snowboarders, making special shots and 11 Celtics points in a row. This guy doesn’t want to go on vacation yet.
Game failure: Grayson Allen
The match ended by 13 points – and Allen was up/down -29 points! That summed up the 26-year-old’s performance quite aptly. Defensively, the Celtics chose him as a weak point, and did not help him in attack (3 points, 1/7 FG). Correctly, he was no longer on the field in the fourth quarter.
You can also name some Tatum crunchtime players here, but in that Antetokounmpo . Poster There was no passing at the end. The Greek kicked off the Bucks’ comeback in the meantime: He got the ball as a rolled man against Boston’s touchdown cover, attacked by running into the area and punished two defenders at once for the idea of getting in the way of wanting freak.
NBA Playoffs: Celtics vs. Bucks – Series at a Glance
|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||May 10||1:30||Milwaukee Bucks||Boston Celtics||108: 116|
|5||May 12||1 o’clock||Boston Celtics||Milwaukee Bucks||107: 110|
|6||May 14||1:30||Milwaukee Bucks||Boston Celtics||95: 108|
|7||May 15||9:30 pm||Boston Celtics||Milwaukee Bucks||–|