MILWAUKEE — Jayson Tatum scored 46 factors, outdueling Giannis Antetokounmpo and ensuring there wouldn’t be one other Milwaukee Bucks fourth-quarter comeback, and the Boston Celtics beat the defending champions 108-95 on Friday evening to pressure a seventh sport of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
The third straight victory for a highway staff units up a winner-take-all sport Sunday in Boston. The victor heads to Miami to start an East finals matchup with the top-seeded Heat on Tuesday.
Boston confirmed its grit by bouncing again two nights after blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 110-107 Game 5 dwelling loss. The Bucks tried to rally once more after trailing by 14 factors within the last interval, however this time Tatum saved the Celtics on prime and saved their season alive.
Antetokounmpo had 44 factors, 20 rebounds and 6 assists. His 20 rebounds had been one off his profession excessive.
Jaylen Brown scored 22 and Marcus Smart had 21 for the Celtics, who capitalized on their superiority from 3-point vary. The Celtics had been 17 of 43 and the Bucks 7 of 27 from past the arc.
Antetokounmpo tried to steer the Bucks to a second straight inconceivable comeback.
Boston led 84-70 within the opening minute of the fourth quarter and was up 84-73 when officers dominated Grant Williams had drawn a charge for Antetokounmpo’s fifth foul. But the Bucks challenged the decision and it was overturned on replay, as an alternative sending Antetokounmpo to the road with 4 fouls.
Antetokounmpo made each free throws to start out an 8-0 run that received the Bucks again into the sport. The Bucks trimmed the margin to 85-81 on Antetokounmpo’s 3-pointer with 8:42 left.
Tatum wouldn’t let the Bucks get any nearer.
After that 8-0 Bucks spurt, Tatum scored the Celtics’ subsequent 11 factors. That included a fadeaway jumper because the shot clock expired to get the lead again to 6 plus a few 3-pointers.
Tatum and Brown every hit a 3-pointer throughout an 8-0 spurt that closed with Smart’s jumper that made it 100-87 with 4:20 remaining.
Boston maintained a double-digit edge the remainder of the way in which.