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

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 against Pat Connaughton and Brook Lopez of the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2nd quarter in Video game Six of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Jap Meeting Semifinals at Fiserv Forum on Could 13, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Getty Photographs by way of AFP)

LOS ANGELES – Boston forward Jayson Tatum poured in 46 details as the Celtics defeated the NBA winner Milwaukee Bucks 108-95 on Friday to pressure a decisive recreation 7 in their Japanese Convention playoff series.

With his team going through elimination, Tatum delivered, drilling seven of the Celtics’ 17 three-tips and supporting them face up to a 44-issue, 20-rebound general performance from Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and knot the best-of-seven sequence at 3 video games every.

Antetokoumpo posted the first 40-stage, 20-rebound game due to the fact Shaquille O’Neal in 2001, but his third 40-stage outburst in four online games wasn’t enough for the reigning champs to advance.

They’ll have to struggle for a put in the Eastern Conference finals in Boston on Sunday — the exact same day that the workforce Milwaukee defeat in past season’s championship series, the Phoenix Suns, enjoy the Dallas Mavericks in sport seven of their Western Convention series.

Tatum reeled off 11 straight Boston factors in the fourth quarter to assistance thwart a rally by the Bucks, who shut a 13-level deficit to 4 on Antetokounmpo’s 3-pointer early in the closing period.

It looked briefly as if the Bucks may well writer a further outstanding comeback victory, right after erasing a 14-level fourth-quarter deficit to acquire video game five on Wednesday.

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 Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the ball in opposition to Grant Williams of the Boston Celtics in the course of the third quarter in Recreation 6 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Japanese Conference Semifinals at Fiserv Forum on Could 13, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Getty Visuals through AFP)

But Tatum and the rest of the Celtics wouldn’t let that materialize.

“I believe we performed with a tiny extra toughness this game,” Tatum said. “Our time was on the line. I understood that and we realized that. We experienced to give it all we have bought.”

Jaylen Brown scored 22 details, and stage guard Marcus Intelligent extra 21 details for the Celtics.

Jrue Holiday scored 17 for Milwaukee, who continue to be with no a few-time All-Star ahead Khris Middleton, who has skipped 9 game titles with a sprained left knee.

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