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The Celtics extinguished the Bucks



Mistreated during the first half, the Celtics extinguished the Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the second half of Game 7 and won (109-81) to join the Heat in the Eastern Conference final.

There will be no back-to-back for the Bucks! Forced to play a Match 7 at TD Garden against the Celtics, the defending champions literally sank in New England. However, after Grant Williams’ opener (27 points, 6 rebounds), Milwaukee inflicted a 10-0 on the Celtics to race in the lead for the entire first quarter, with a maximum lead of ten. points. Driven by their audience, the Boston players did not fail to react from the start of the second quarter. The pair composed of Jayson Tatum (23 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists) and Jaylen Brown (19 points, 8 rebounds) allowed the Celtics to come back in front after a 12-4. But it was in the last moments leading up to half-time that the players of Ime Udoka put a blow on the head of their opponents. With a failed Jrue Holiday (21 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists), the Bucks were silent for the final minute of the second quarter, allowing the Celtics to finish 6-0 to veer into the lead at the break.

The Bucks lost their footing, the Celtics took advantage

In the absence of Khris Middleton, the Bucks lacked depth to hope to challenge a strong Boston team. The start of the third quarter saw the latter again exceed the ten-point mark but, eye-catching, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s teammates (25 points, 20 rebounds, 9 assists) held on to keep a semblance of hope of reverse the trend in the last twelve minutes, approached with a delay of fifteen lengths. Gold, this end of the match especially saw the Bucks lose the thread of their game, multiplying missed shots, especially with the “Greek Freak”, while a 4/33 three-pointer did them a lot of harm. Opposite, the Celtics only had to show patience and efficiency to get a victory that stretched out their arms. In a TD Garden on fire, Payton Pritchard (14 points, 5 rebounds) chained three-point shots like so many nails in the coffin of the Bucks. Freewheeling, the latter bowed by 28 points (109-81) and lost the title acquired last season. For the Celtics, it will be time for revenge against the Heat, who won their duel in the Eastern Conference final in the Orlando bubble in 2020.

Sunday May 15, 2022 (hours in French time)
Boston Celtics – Milwaukee Bucks: 109-81 >>> Boston qualified (4-3)
2:00: Phoenix Suns–Dallas Mavericks >>> 3 wins everywhere in the series

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