NBA Playoffs: The Boston Celtics force game 7 against the Milwaukee Bucks

Jayson Tatum is not in the mood for a holiday yet! The Celtics star won Boston to a 108-95 victory with an excellent fourth quarter, forcing a game of 7. He defies the strong Giannis Antetokounmpo, who, however, is too much on his own.

Tatum finished the match with 46 points (17/32 FG, 7/15 triple), 9 rebounds and 4 assists, only Sam Jones in Celtic’s long playoff history to score more points in an elimination match (47). Jaylen Brown (22) and Marcus Smart (21, 7 assists) provided support, and Derrick White (9, 5 rebounds) also delivered a strong performance. Daniel Theis was allowed to play for 10 minutes, scoring 4 points and 2 rebounds.

Tatum scored 16 points alone in the closing period when Boston again almost lost a comfortable lead. But the 24-year-old delivered the right answer with jumper after jumper and edged Antetokounmpo narrowly. The Greek had 44 points (14/30 FG), 20 boards and 6 assists. But otherwise, only Jrue Holiday (17, 7/17 FG) and Pat Connaughton (14, 6/8 FG) scored double figures.

Once again, Boston had to do without Robert Williams (knee), who as before was replaced by Grant Williams in the starting five. The Bucks started with the usual lineup. The game started a little late because a shot over the back plate failed. As a replacement, the hall’s crew installed two shotclocks on the floor, each located in the corners next to the benches. The shifts over the basket only worked again in the second half.

Boston started red-hot from a distance – and relied almost exclusively on the triangle. The visitors’ first eight shots came from the center, five shots into the basket, giving the Celtics an early lead. But Giannis could hardly be stopped on the other side. Boston first lowered the first two-point attempt after nearly six minutes, but Antetokounmpo and Holiday responded with tonight’s first Bucks threes. Boston matched the 17 Giannis points with 8 three-pointers in the first quarter, which went to the Celtics 28:26.

Jayson Tatum towers – Boston strengthens game 7

The guests continued right where they left off. There were several triangles at the start of the second period, and Tatum in particular apparently had no desire for an early playoff. After Boston had deducted to +10, the throwing luck was temporarily lost. But when the Bucks’ supportive cast with Antetokounmpo on the bench remained completely cold, the visitors went to the break at 53:43.

The start of the second half belonged to Boston. The Celtics quickly increased their lead to 18 points, while Antetokounmpo admitted its fourth error. But the Greek stayed on the field, Milwaukee started a race when Boston’s shooting finally cooled off. With more ball movement and more penetrations, things went better for the Celtics offensive – 82:70 to Boston.

Antetokounmpo set the tone for the final section with a poster can, Connaughton shortened from center to -6, and Fiserv Forum shook. Especially when Giannis followed up with a wide open pull-up triangle. Celtics was now just a one-man show – and Tatum delivered with superb shotmaking.

On its own, the Brown Bucks kept in check and provided vital support from the center, returning to +11 midway through the half. The Celtics did not let this lead take away, Bucks fans left the hall early. The all-important game 7 will now take place on Sunday, tip-off is at 9.30pm German time.

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