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NBA: Tatum out-duels Antetokounmpo as Celtics stay alive playoffs


Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball against Pat Connaughton #24 and Brook Lopez #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter in Game Six of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals at Fiserv Forum on May 13, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Stacy Revere / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball towards Pat Connaughton and Brook Lopez of the Milwaukee Bucks in the course of the second quarter in Sport Six of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Japanese Convention Semifinals at Fiserv Discussion board on Could 13, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Getty Photos through AFP)

LOS ANGELES – Boston ahead Jayson Tatum poured in 46 factors as the Celtics defeated the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks 108-95 on Friday to power a decisive recreation seven of their Japanese Convention playoff sequence.

Together with his workforce dealing with elimination, Tatum delivered, drilling seven of the Celtics’ 17 three-pointers and serving to them stand up to a 44-point, 20-rebound efficiency from Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and knot the best-of-seven sequence at three video games every.

Antetokoumpo posted the primary 40-point, 20-rebound recreation since Shaquille O’Neal in 2001, however his third 40-point outburst in 4 video games wasn’t sufficient for the reigning champs to advance.

They’ll need to battle for a spot within the Japanese Convention finals in Boston on Sunday — the identical day that the workforce Milwaukee beat in final season’s championship sequence, the Phoenix Suns, play the Dallas Mavericks in recreation seven of their Western Convention sequence.

Tatum reeled off 11 straight Boston factors within the fourth quarter to assist thwart a rally by the Bucks, who closed a 13-point deficit to 4 on Antetokounmpo’s three-pointer early within the remaining interval.

It seemed briefly as if the Bucks would possibly writer one other spectacular comeback victory, after erasing a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to win recreation 5 on Wednesday.

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 Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the ball towards Grant Williams of the Boston Celtics in the course of the third quarter in Sport Six of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Japanese Convention Semifinals at Fiserv Discussion board on Could 13, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Getty Photos through AFP)

However Tatum and the remainder of the Celtics wouldn’t let that occur.

“I feel we performed with somewhat extra toughness this recreation,” Tatum mentioned. “Our season was on the road. I knew that and we knew that. We needed to give all of it we’ve acquired.”

Jaylen Brown scored 22 factors, and level guard Marcus Good added 21 factors for the Celtics.

Jrue Vacation scored 17 for Milwaukee, who stay with out three-time All-Star ahead Khris Middleton, who has missed 9 video games with a sprained left knee.

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