Sat, 02 Jul 2022

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Jason Tatum knocked down 46 points for the Boston Celtics to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 108-95 on Friday, bringing the Eastern Conference semifinals back to Boston for Game 7.

Boston led each quarter and entered the fourth with a 12-point advantage. It looked as if Giannis Antetokounmpo would lead another fourth-quarter comeback for the Bucks after his 8-0 run cut the deficit to just four points with less than nine minutes on the clock.

Boston didn't blow up the advantage again like they did in Game 6 as Tatum took over and responded with an 11-point solo play including two shots at the buzzer.

Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart then added a 3-pointer and a jumper respectively to give Boston a double-digit edge in the final minutes and maintained the advantage till the end.

Tatum's 46 points tied second most in franchise history in an elimination game, as he also had four assists and nine rebounds. Brown and Smart added 22 and 21 points each.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 44 points, six assists and 20 rebounds, while Jrue Holiday scored 17.

Elsewhere in Golden State, despite 17 turnovers in a tight game, the Warriors outscored the Memphis Grizzlies 32-19 in the last quarter to seal a 110-96 win, beating the Grizzlies 4-2 to return to the Western Conference finals again after 2019.

Klay Thompson made eight of his 14 attempts from long range to score 30 points, while Stephen Curry had 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Dillon Brooks had a team-high 30 points for the Grizzlies, and Desmond Bane added 25 points and seven rebounds.

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