The Celtics reflected on their botched Game 5 finish for two days before getting a chance to get revenge on the Bucks court. The response of Ime Udoka’s troops, with their backs against the wall in Game 6 on hostile ground tonight, lived up to their frustration as Boston pulled off the perfect game to secure victory and a Game 7 opportunity at home. .
In an atmosphere of big evenings, Boston quickly took the lead, led by the outside direction of a Smart-Tatum tandem on mission (6-15). Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled scoring 17 points in the first act. But despite the locals’ 16-2 run, the Celtics still had the upper hand 12 minutes into the game after a triple by Jayson Tatum (26-28). Better, the Celtics took distance via a 10-2 with triples again signed by Jayson Tatum and Jaylon Brown (30-40).
The Bucks once again relied on Jrue Holiday and a Giannis Antetokounmpo on all the right plays, notably author of a big left-handed dunk, to make the Fiserv Forum roar (39-42). Not enough, however, to reverse the trend as Derrick White and Marcus Smart secured before halftime to give the Celtics a ten-point halftime lead (43-53)!
The beginning of the third quarter confirmed the trend, with Boston being more consistent against the explosive Bucks, but only in streaks. Jayson Tatum went one step further, hitting another 3-pointer and a layup in traffic before handing over to Jaylen Brown who hit three straight baskets to make it 50-68 and incidentally draw Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 4th personal foul.
The start of the revolt initiated by the “Greek Freak” did not go far, because of an unplayable Jayson Tatum who kept a 13-point lead over his team at the start of the last act after a final missile at 3 points from the head. by Bobby Portis (70-83). But it took more to discourage Giannis Antetokounmpo, who recovered with a great dunk and then lined up two shots and a triple to take his team to -4 (81-85).
Back on the field, Jayson Tatum then regained control of operations by hitting two 3-pointers and two other baskets, including one late in the possession (87-95).
Jalyen Brown and Marcus Smart calmly took the point home, until a definitive 2+1 by Jayson Tatum came to complete the last hopes of the locals (89-103). Winners 108-95, the Celtics have offered themselves the right to play a Game 7 at home this Sunday!
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– The reaction of the Celtics in the last act. The scenario almost repeated itself when, trailing by 13 points with 12 minutes left, Milwaukee struggled to come back, led by an untenable Giannis Antetokounmpo, an opportunistic Pat Connaughton, and the support of an increasingly noisy Fiserv Forum as the Bucks returned to – 4. As if nothing had happened, Jayson Tatum reset the machine with a series of “big balls” shots before getting support from the Smart-Brown duo at the end to stay the course until the end.
– style opposition. The meeting was the subject of a clash of titans between Jayson Tatum on one side and Giannis Antetokounmpo on the other. In their own way, the two brightened up the match with their brilliance, notably a 7/15 three-point shooting from the Celtic side, and a great presence near the circle on both sides of the pitch for the ‘Greek Freak’. in his characteristic bulldozer style. Unfortunately for him, his worries about his failings didn’t help him break free in the end, while on the other hand, JT squandered his entire class’s money time.
– power on delay. The game was delayed due to a clock problem above the baskets. One was corrected, the other was not, forcing the officials to place the clock in the corners of the field. The match preview was also interrupted by the absence of referee Scott Foster, affected by a non-Covid disease.
✅ Jayson Tatum. The Celtics’ leader missed out on the celebrations as he racked up the “clutch” baskets to put his team out of business. He finished the match the way he started it, scorching, and seemed invincible on streaks. It took at least that much to force a Game 7!
✅ Giannis Antetokounmpo. It’s hard to blame the Greek Freak for anything in this match as in addition to hitting the racket, he scored two of his three attempts from behind the arc. Just his worry about fouls maybe slowed him down a bit in the end. For the rest, he sent very heavy: 44 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists.
✅ smart marcus. A first quarter with 4/5 triples to get his team on track, and constant activity until the end to ensure victory. The icing on the cake: zero lost balloons.
⛔ The Greek Monster Lieutenants. As it is — that is, without Khris Middleton — Milwaukee relies heavily on Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis to diversify its attack behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. If Jrue Holiday started well on offense before disappearing afterwards, Bobby Portis stood out more for the howling directed at the crowd than for his play, and to top it off, Grayson Allen was also left out of him as a sniper. Even if Pat Connaughton played him, it was a lot for the Bucks.
Game 7 this Sunday at the TD Garden starting at 9:30 p.m. French time!