2022 NBA PlayOffs: Tatum’s 46 overthrows Giannis’ 44 and there will be Game 7 in Boston

A monumental Jayson Tatum, with 46 points, led the Boston Celtics on Friday in a memorable 108-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, despite having 44 points and 20 rebounds. of the Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo, and forced the seventh and decisive game in the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference.

tatum equal to Paul Pierce with the second-best performance in Boston Celtics history in a game in which it was only worth winning to avoid elimination and took the series to the TD Garden, where next Sunday the rival Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals will be decided.

the native of St. Louis silenced the defending champions at Fiserv Frum with 46 points, including 11 straight in the fourth quarter as the Bucks came backra -13, nine rebounds and four assists.

He was supported by Jaylen Brown’s 22 points, Marcus Smart’s 21 and by a Dominican. Horford who grabbed ten rebounds and sealed four blocks, key to containing the Bucks’ momentum. Horford, who scored 30 points on the same field in Game 4, He scored just two points on Friday, but his performance was key to keeping the Celtics in the paint.

Giannis as O’Neal

The incredible performance of the team led by Tatum frustrated a stellar night for Giannis, who had 44 points and 20 rebounds, numbers not seen in the ‘playoffs’ since 2001, with Shaquille O’Neahim as the protagonist.

However, the Greek found himself without the support of his peers. He scored 44 points individually and his other teammates added 51. Too little to contain the Celtics’ thirst for victory.

Boston is 24-9 in Game 7 of the “playoffs,” while the Bucks are 3-8.

In a game without coming back for the Celtics, Tatum and Marcus Smart led the way with a great start. The first already had 18 points at the break, with four of seven in triples and five rebounds. The second scored 16 with a nine-hit six and four triples.

The Celtics had a nine-point lead in the first quarter and increased it to ten points at halftime, 53-43, by resisting Antetokounmpo who was already close to a double-double in the first half, with 21 points and eight rebounds.

The Greek, despite the Bucks’ fierce defense and receiving several blows to the head while fighting for the split balls, managed to keep the Bucks together with Jrue Holiday, who also had twelve points in the first 24 minutes.

Tatum Recital

If Tatum started strong, his third quarter was a real basketball recital. He shot his team for maximum benefit 18 points at 68-50 and contained the reaction of the Bucks.

Antetokounmpo led part of 12-2 that puts the Bucks at eight away, but two wonderful plays from Tatum restored the distance.

He made a three-point play with deep paint penetration, then he blew out Bobby Portis and connected. a tremendous hat-trick for 83-68.

Ime Udoka’s side entered the fourth quarter with a margin of thirteen points, a significant lead, but knowing the serious drop in the last minutes of the previous clash, when they lost fourteen in advance.

And history sometimes seemed to repeat itself. The Bucks, with seven points from Connaughton and a hat-trick from Giannis, closed the gap to just four points (85-81) and revived the ghosts for the Celtics.

But at the time of the maximum difficulty, Tatum prevailed with eleven consecutive points for Boston who restored an eleven-point lead to 98-87. Its formidable performance, coupled with a superb basket of Smart, allowed Boston to enter the last 3:30 minutes of the game with a margin of thirteen points.

An advantage which those of Boston have maintained with authority to force the seventh game in the TD Garden, the most cruel and at the same time the most correct way of declaring the winner of one of the most intense series of recent years.


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