Celtics star prevails in 'legendary' Giannis playoff duel

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Jayson Tatum scored 46 points, outdueling Giannis Antetokounmpo and making definite determination wouldn't beryllium different Milwaukee Bucks fourth-quarter comeback, arsenic the Boston Celtics bushed the defending champions 108-95 connected Saturday to unit a seventh crippled successful their Eastern Conference semifinal.

The 3rd consecutive triumph for a roadworthy squad sets up a winner-take-all crippled connected Monday successful Boston. The victor heads to Miami to statesman an East finals matchup with the top-seeded Heat connected Wednesday.

Boston showed its grit by bouncing backmost 2 nights aft blowing a 14-point, fourth-quarter pb successful a 110-107 crippled 5 location loss. The Bucks tried to rally again aft trailing by 14 points successful the last period, but this clip Tatum kept the Celtics connected apical and kept their play alive.

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Jayson Tatum celebrates a handbasket against Giannis Antetokounmpo during crippled six of the 2022 NBA playoffs Eastern Conference semifinals. (Getty)

Antetokounmpo had 44 points, 20 rebounds and six assists. His 20 rebounds were 1 disconnected his career-high.

With the tantalising battle, Tatum and Antetokounmpo go conscionable the 5th brace of opponents to each people much than 44 points successful a playoff game.

Jaylen Brown scored 22 and Marcus Smart had 21 for the Celtics, who capitalised connected their superiority from 3-point range. The Celtics were 17 of 43 and the Bucks 7 of 27 from beyond the arc.

Antetokounmpo tried to pb the Bucks to a 2nd consecutive improbable comeback.

Boston led 84-70 successful the opening infinitesimal of the 4th fourth and was up 84-73 erstwhile officials ruled Grant Williams had drawn a complaint for Antetokounmpo’s 5th foul. But the Bucks challenged the telephone and it was overturned connected replay, alternatively sending Antetokounmpo to the enactment with 4 fouls.

Antetokounmpo made some escaped throws to commencement an 8-0 tally that got the Bucks backmost into the game. The Bucks trimmed the borderline to 85-81 connected Antetokounmpo's 3-pointer with conscionable nether 9 minutes left.

Tatum wouldn’t fto the Bucks get immoderate closer.

After that 8-0 Bucks spurt, Tatum scored the Celtics’ adjacent 11 points. That included a fadeaway jumper arsenic the changeable timepiece expired to get the pb backmost to six positive a mates of 3-pointers.

Tatum and Brown each deed a 3-pointer during an 8-0 spurt that closed with Smart's jumper that made it 100-87 with 4 minutes remaining.

Boston maintained a double-digit borderline the remainder of the way.

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