Boston is back to 2-2 in its series against Milwaukee, following its 108-116 victory at the Bucks on Monday. For its part, Golden State now leads 3-1 thanks to its 101-98 victory over Memphis and will have the opportunity to qualify for the Conference Finals on Wednesday in Tennessee.
Boston regains the advantage of the field! Led 2-1 by Milwaukee, the Celtics won 108-116 at the defending champion and therefore come back to 2-2 in this Eastern Conference semi-final, with two games out of three still to be played at home. While the Bucks led for much of the game, they got pushed around in the final quarter and couldn’t do anything to avoid the Boston tornado, played by Al Horford. Soon to be 36, the Dominican has simply broken his record for points scored in the play-offs, with 30 units (previous record: 26), 11 out of 14 on shots including 5 out of 7 from three points (another record). While Milwaukee led 80-70 fourteen minutes from the end, Boston signed a 10-0 straddling the last two quarters, Horford equalizing at 80-80 on a dunk. There was then 9’51 left before the final buzzer. The two teams went blow for blow until 92-92, then Boston signed two 6-0 (94-98 then 96-106) which allowed them to take a good lead. Led 104-112 one minute from the end, Milwaukee, still deprived of Khris Middleton, never managed to return to money-time, despite a Giannis Antetokounmpo who finished with 34 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists (17pts for Lopez, 16 for Holiday). Al Horford scored 16 points in this last quarter won 23-43, and Jayson Tatum 12 (30pts, 13rbds, 5pds in total for the Celtics star). Both teams will now return to Massachusetts for Game 5 on Wednesday.
The Warriors Heist
All that’s missing is a victory for Golden State to play a new Conference final! The Warriors indeed lead 3-1 in their series against Memphis, after winning 101-98 at home on Monday, with Mike Brown (the future coach of Sacramento) on the bench, Steve Kerr having tested positive for covid. A rather improbable victory, since the Grizzlies, even deprived of their star Jo Morant, led from the first to the penultimate minute! Their lead has certainly never exceeded twelve points, but it was precisely at the start of the last quarter that Memphis was at +12. However, the Warriors did not give up and equalized at 90-90 with 3’25 remaining on a basket from Stephen Curry. But then they only scored on free throws during the last three minutes: eleven successful throws (including eight for Curry in the last 46 seconds), only one missed (by Wiggins). The Californians let the Grizzlies shoot, without foul, and on a three-point shot, Dillon Brooks brought Memphis to -3 with eight tenths remaining, but it was too late to tie then. Stephen Curry finished the game with 32 points and 8 assists, Andrew Wiggins with 37 points and 10 rebounds and Klay Thompson with 14 points despite a 0/7 at 3 points. Opposite, Jaren Jackson Jr finished with 21 points and Steven Adams with 10 points and 15 rebounds. The Grizzlies will absolutely have to win Wednesday at home to stay alive this season, but Ja Morant is still a doubt.
BASKETBALL – NBA / PLAY-OFFS 2022
BOSTON CELTIC (2) – MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3): 2-2
Match 1 – Boston Celtics- Milwaukee Bucks : 89-101
Game 2 – Boston Celtics – Milwaukee Bucks: 109-86
Match 3 – Milwaukee Bucks –Boston Celtics: 103-101
Game 4 – Milwaukee Bucks – Boston Celtics : 108-116
Game 5 on Wednesday May 11 in Boston
Game 6 on Friday, May 13 at Milwaukee
Game 7 (if necessary) on Sunday May 15 in Boston
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) – GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3): 1-3
Match 1 – Memphis Grizzlies- Golden State Warriors : 116-117
Game 2 – Memphis Grizzlies – Golden State Warriors: 106-101
Match 3 – Golden State Warriors –Memphis Grizzlies: 142-112
Match 4 – Golden State Warriors –Memphis Grizzlies: 101-98
>>> Killian Tillie and Yves Pons (MEM) did not play
Game 5 on Wednesday May 11 in Memphis
Game 6 (if necessary) Friday, May 13 in San Francisco
Game 7 (if necessary) on Sunday May 15 in Memphis