Jason Tatum, the Celtics defeated Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks in their decisive Game 7 duel.

Milwaukee v Boston deserve Game 7.

And that’s what their Eastern Conference semi-final series gets.

The Celtics defeated the Bucks 108-95 in Game 6 on Friday to make their seventh game of the series tie.

Game 7 will take place on Sunday in Boston (3:30 PM EST), with the winner going to the Miami Heat in the Conference Finals. Both teams have won away matches, but no team has won a streak in this series. Boston will have to do so to qualify for the conference finals for the second time in three seasons.

It will not be easy to overpower the defending champion. However, they have taken more than their own so far, and in their 6th game they won the Remove from the Road game.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with a game-best 46 points. Marcus Smart added 21 points and Jaylen Brown added 22 points. They scored 89 out of 107 for Boston.

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The five key elements of Game 6 are:

Tatum gets his A game.

With the Celtics approaching the season, the best players had a great game. In such a situation, it was the appearance that a superstar who blossoms should have.

Tatum scored nine points in the first quarter and nine points in the second quarter, averaging 18 points, five rebounds and three assists in the first half.

In the second half, he scored 28 points including 46 points (17 at 32 at-bats), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 block, achieving the MVP-level stat line.

In the fourth quarter, he hit two big shots, when the 24-second time was about to expire. He led Boston 87-81 with a baseline jumper and beat the Celtics 90-83 with a three-point shot. It was part of the necessary 11 straight Celtics points as Milwaukee reduced the double-digit deficit to two possessions in the fourth quarter.

3 balls make a difference

The Celtics took the lead by 10 points at halftime, and the three-point shot was the main cause. Boston had 3 hits, 25 hits and 11 hits, and the Bucks had 18 hits and 3 hits, 24 points behind in 24 minutes.

Tatum made 7 3’s, Smart 5 made 5 and Brown made 4. The Celtics’ hot three-point shot cooled down a bit in the second half, but they still scored 17 with 39.5%. Bucks made just 7 3s at a rate of 24.1%. You won’t win many playoff matches.

Antetokounmpo excellent beginning and ending

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in the first 7 minutes. Milwaukee missed the first five shots, but Antetokounmpo scored his first six runs in six at-bats from free throws. He was aggressively driven into the basket, contacted and whistled.

Then, he started hitting four shots in a row.

He averaged 44 points, 20 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 blocks steals. He made 14 30 on the field, 2 3 on 3-point attempts, and 15 14 on the free throw line.

It was the third 40-point game in the series and the first 40-point, 20-rebound playoff game since Shaquille O’Neal in 2001. This is what MVPs do. However …

Not enough help for Antetokounmpo.

In the middle of the third quarter, Antetokounmpo had 23 points and Jrue Holiday scored 14 points, while the other Bucks didn’t go over 6 points.

Obviously, the Bucks are missing Chris Middleton (sprained left knee) and his absence hurts both offense and defense.

Pat Connaughton finished with 14 points and is the only Bucks player to score more than 6 points.

Grayson Allen missed 6 of 7 shots, 4 missed 3, and the Bucks scored 29 points in 22 minutes on the court. The Celtics also overpowered the Bucks with 22 points with Brooke Lopez on the floor.

change of official

According to the league, veteran and respected NBA official Scott Foster was due to play Game 6 but missed due to an illness unrelated to the coronavirus.

Eric Lewis moved to the referee role, Ben Taylor to the referee role and Tre Maddox to the referee role.

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