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.
The most important statistic
Milwaukee Bucks (3) – Boston Celtics (2) 108: 95 (BOXSCORE), Series: 3-3
- Boston’s focus on the three-pointer is nothing new in this series, but the visitors took the game to the next level. Success: 8 of the 10 goals in the first quarter came from Dreierland. At least the motto was threes or layups. In the first half, the Celts sent only 4 threes outside the zone on the journey, but 25 threes and 14 attempts in the zone.
- But it only worked because Boston had a really good shooting night in the beginning. After the red-hot start, the Celtics cooled down noticeably, but in the end they were still at 17/43 from Downtown (39.5 percent). However, the advantage over the Bucks was huge, with the home team getting almost nothing together at a distance (7/29, 24.1 percent).
- First, Boston made life difficult for itself by losing the ball, the Bucks punished this with a good passing game. After the 4 turnovers in the first quarter, the Celtics got this problem under control (a total of 8 turnovers) and Milwaukee could no longer get easy points. On the half field, the hosts sometimes had huge problems against the strong Celtics defense, which often built a wall in front of Giannis.
- Antetokounmpo received far too little help. Aside from Connaughton and to a lesser extent Holiday, there wasn’t really a Bucks role player at hand. Giannis scored almost as many points as the rest of the team (44:51), non-Giannis and non-Connaughton Bucks 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.
- For any state fan, historically in terms of a Game 7, the Celtics have the advantage. The traditional franchise has a record of 24-9 in an all-important game, while the Bucks are 3-8.
NBA Playoffs – Bucks vs. Sixers: The Voices
Jayson Tatum (Celtics): “I had no plans to regret. I was trying to do what needed to be done. They were tougher in the fourth quarter of Game 5, I had that in the back of my mind. It was in the back of everyone’s minds. Our season was catching on. “
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks) on Tatum: “He was incredible. Now I have to lead my team in game 7. And no matter what happens, we will grow from it. So I just want to play freely.”
Game star: Jayson Tatum
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old went through a small phase of weakness, but he shook it off in time for the fourth quarter. When the Bucks threatened to turn the game around, Tatum was there. His answer: icy jumpers, outstanding shotmaking and 11 Celtics points in a row. This man does not want to go on vacation yet.
Game flop: Grayson Allen
The match ended with a points difference of 13 – and Allen was up / down -29! It summed up the 26-year-old’s performance quite appropriately. Defensively, the Celtics chose him as a weak point, offensively he was not helpful either (3 points, 1/7 FG). Correctly, he was no longer on the field in the fourth quarter.
You can also mention a few Tatum crunchtime jumpers here, but on it Poster by Antetokounmpo there was ultimately no passing. The Greek started the Bucks’ comeback in the meantime: he got the ball like a roller coaster against Boston’s drop coverage, attacked with a run into the zone and punished two defenders at once for the idea of getting in the way of the freak wanting.
NBA Playoffs: Celtics vs. Bucks – Series overview
|1||May 1||at 19||Boston Celtics||Milwaukee Bucks||89: 101|
|2||May 4||1 o’clock||Boston Celtics||Milwaukee Bucks||109: 86|
|3||May 7||21.30||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||21.30||Boston Celtics||Milwaukee Bucks||–|