Al Horford got a playoff career-high 30 points as the visiting Boston Celtics defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 116-108 on Monday night to square their Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2.
The 15-year NBA veteran went 11-of-14 from the floor, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, to give Boston a home-court advantage. The Celtics strikeout an 11-point deficit in the third quarter.
Jayson Tatum contributed 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, while Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart scored 18 points. Smart provided eight assists. You can check out OKBET for the latest news about NBA.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was exceptional again, leading Milwaukee with 34 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists. He shot 14-of-32 from the floor.
Jrue Holiday contributed 16 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists, while Brook Lopez contributed 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Celtics tied the game with a 10-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters, then outplayed the Bucks 43-28 in the fourth quarter. This year, the Celtics’ most excellent scoring quarter was in eight playoff games.
Horford scored two points in the first 2:09 of the fourth quarter.
Including a slam that knotted the game at 80-80. Later, he sank two game-winning 3-pointers, putting Boston ahead 88-85 and giving the Celtics an unassailable lead of 95-94.
Antetokounmpo scored 13 points in the third quarter to propel the Bucks to a 76-65 advantage. By the beginning of the fourth, the Celtics had closed the gap to seven.
After holding a 10-point lead in the first half, the Bucks entered the locker room with a slim 48-47 advantage.
Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 15 scores and 11 rebounds before halftime and was the only Milwaukee player to reach double figures.
The Bucks were particularly aggressive on defense in the first half, converting seven Boston turnovers into 11 points. Before halftime, Milwaukee also won the fight on the glass, grabbing 29 rebounds to the Celtics’ 21.
Brown and Horford scored 11 points, and Tatum added nine despite making only one of six three-point attempts. You can wager on the OKBET sportsbook in any sport such as basketball.
Tatum shot 3 of 10 from long range, while the rest of the Celtics shot a solid 11 of 27. (40.7 percent). Bucks made 9 of 27 3-point attempts (33.3%) and finished with a 48-38 advantage on the boards.