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Tatum outshines Antetokounmpo’s monumental performance and forces Game 7 (95-108)

a monumental Jayson Tatum, with 46 points, led the Boston Celtics this Friday in the transcendental victory by 108-95 in the field of the Milwaukee Bucks, despite the 44 points and 20 rebounds of the Greek Giannis Antetokounmpoand forced the decisive seventh game in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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

The St. Louis native silenced the reigning Fiserv Forum champions with 46 points, 11 of them coming in a row in the fourth quarter as the Bucks trailed -13, nine rebounds and four assists. He was supported by Jaylen Brown’s 22 points, Marcus Smart’s 21 and a Dominican Al Horford who grabbed ten rebounds and sealed four blocks, key to containing the momentum of the Bucks.

Horford, who had scored thirty points on this same court in game four, only scored two points this Friday, but his performance was decisive in keeping the Celtics in the paint.

Giannis emulates O’Neal

Tremendous team performance led by Tatum derailed a stellar night of Giannis, who had 44 points and 20 rebounds, numbers that in the ‘playoffs’ had not been seen since 2001, with Shaquille O’Neal as the protagonist.

However, the Greek was left without support from his teammates. He scored 44 points individually and his other teammates added 51. Too little to contain the winning hunger of the Celtics. the boston team has a balance of 24-9 in the seventh games of the ‘playoffs’, while the Bucks are 3-8.

In a no-return game for the Celtics, Tatum and Marcus Smart led the way with a terrific start. The first had already 18 points at the break, with four of seven in triples, and five rebounds. The second scored 16 with a six of nine shots and four triples.

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

The Greek, despite the tough defense of the Bucks and receiving several blows to the head fighting for the divided balls, managed to hold the Bucks together with Jrue Holiday, who also showed off with 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 to a maximum advantage of 18 points at 68-50 and contained the reaction of the Bucks.

Antetokounmpo led a run of 12-2 that put the Bucks eight away, but two wonderful plays by Tatum restored the distances. He had a three-point play with great penetration in the paint, and then he blew out Bobby Portis and hit a tremendous 3-pointer for 83-68.

Ime Udoka’s team entered the fourth quarter with a margin of thirteen points, a significant gain, but being clear about the serious downturn in the final minutes of the previous match, when they wasted fourteen of advantage.

And history seemed at times to repeat itself. The Bucks, with seven points from Connaughton and a triple from Giannis, cut the gap to just four points (85-81) and revived the ghosts for the Celtics.

But at the moment of greatest difficulty, Tatum emerged with eleven consecutive points for Boston that gave him back an eleven-point lead at 98-87. His tremendous performance, coupled with a great basket from Smart, allowed Boston to enter the final 3:30 minutes of the game with a thirteen-point margin.

An advantage that the Bostonians maintained with authority to force the seventh game at TD Garden, the cruelest and at the same time the most correct way to declare the winner of one of the most intense series in recent years.

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